John Black

Martial Arts

ohn has been dedicated to his sport since the age of 9.  His dedication has been recognised Worldwide with many visits to Japan to study his sport under the masters.  In 1986 he he established the Scottish Jui Jitsu Renmei and Kuro Kaze Jui Jitsu Ryu training that attracted many young students.  Despite a spell of ill health he continued to travel the world to take part in competitions, and was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame and was awarded Supreme International Grand Master of the year and International Martial Arts Coach of the year.


He brings his understanding of his sport and his expertise to his students in a positive and knowledgeable way.  As a Master of his chosen Art and now at 77 years of age he continues to coach his students with positivity in their sport, applying principles to their life.

Kevin Rodgers

Multi Sports

Kevin has been working and volunteering in the community for past  25 years in a number of roles and representing various committees ,from being a voluntary  board member of the Greenock and District angling club for past 10 years helping to run the club and applying for grants  and promoting the sport … to football coaching with Inverclyde boys club for 6 years helping run the 1994's with great people like Billy Gillen and Robert McCowan .


He has also been extremely passionate about working with young people and has supported a wide range of projects setting up table tennis clubs in Branchton, Greenock  and most recently Inverkip Hub which is now thriving.


While having paid employment in the community sector, Kevin has always given many voluntary hours to help set up youth groups and support sports groups and activities which is a real passion of his.  He  helped set up the cycling projects with Stephen Macgrath  at the hub and also helped set up the walking football in partnership with Morton in the community and also take part in the activities ..

Bobby Thomson

Table Tennis

Indefatigable Bobby Thomson, now in his eighties but as energetic and passionate about table tennis as he has ever been, has in 2018 been developing table tennis on a weekly basis at the Gateway Fellowship in Union Street, Greenock and also within the Inverkip Community Hub where he is regularly coaching 20 to 30 people of different ages. One of the best Scottish players of his time, to get Bobby coaching you is to have not only one of the most experienced coaches at your side, but also one of the nicest around.

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Adult Volunteer of the Year 2018