ALAN Jones has been named British Judo Masters Player of the Year.

The Welshpool judoka rounded off a tremendous year which saw him take national, European and Commonwealth titles.

Jones MBE, is head coach of AJ Judo and one of the most respected in his field in the country.

His year of success began in Lille with a gold medal at the French International Open.

Next saw Jones travel to Turin in Italy for the European Masters Games where he gained a silver medal having just losing out in the final to the current European champion.

Jones was back in action at the Commonwealth Masters Tournament in Birmingham where he claimed gold and retained his Commonwealth Masters title.

Jones defeated the top three players enroute to gold at the 2019 British Open International in London.

Despite a continued strict regime of training and competition schedules, Jones continues with his duties as head coach at his Judo club based in Welshpool and Llanfyllin.

Jones, along with his wife Sue, take young players from the age of six through to national championships

Peter Handel of A&J Judo said: “It is testament to his dedication and experience that he is so willing to pass onto his young judoka, inspiring them to achieve at all levels on and off the mat.

“It is recognition to his dedication and continued competitive spirit and the role he plays as such a positive role model to all that are fortunate enough to be coached or mentored by him across the country and Europe.”