GIRL power is driving through the next generation of judo stars from the Borders.

The Focus Club in Galashiels introduced Judo Girls Rock sessions a couple of years ago.

And now more than 40 girls regularly take to the mats.

Judo Girls Rock has not just introduced the sport to a new generation but it has also helped develop the coaches at the popular club.

Head coach Thomas Hardie said: “Dealing with a new group of girls where the focus is not exclusively on judo has helped us as coaches to consider other aspects of teaching and developing children, such as health and nutrition.”

The Judo Girls Rock sessions has been largely down to working in partnership with Live Borders and their local Active Schools coordinator, Mhari Borland.

But it's not just the girls who are getting in the throws - boys are also excelling at the various weekly sessions held in the Focus Club.

There are now over 100 members.

And the club, which has shown a commitment to maintaining strict and consistent operating standards, completed its JudoMARK accreditation in 2015.

Focus Judo Club, which was established in 1951, coaches are also showing a dedication to their players' long-term development, having attended a number of Skill sCool’s.

Thomas added; “As most children aren't suited to competition judo, Skill sCool fills an important gap in supporting, developing and motivating children to continue judo into adulthood.

"The coaches learn a thing or two as well!”