The British Judo Association Club of the Year 2023 was presented to Patchway Judo Club at an awards evening in November. “Patchway judo has had a profound impact on not only its members, but the broader community. The club is dedicated to fostering personal growth and actively encourages members to develop to further their skills. This has led to the club having an increase in coaches, referees and officials all with the ethos of volunteering” Patchway Judo club has been part of the Patchway community since it was started in 1967 by a coach named Mr Pugh. The longest continuous member is Luke Tavener, who started judo aged 7! Luke has been a qualified coach for over 20 years The club has always fostered volunteering amongst the players, parents and even grandparents.
Over the years the club have had players compete Nationally and Internationally, also caters for players who just want to be active. The youngest player is four years old and our current oldest player is 69!
One of the secrets of the club’s success is that the coaches are all volunteers and coach as a passion, supported by a team of “back office” volunteers. Many of the coaches and other volunteers have won awards in their own right.
At the awards Coach Jeremy Robinson 5th Dan, received an award for his contribution and dedication to Kata, a formal style of Judo. Jeremy has helped drive Kata being fully integrated into the club, Seniors and Juniors.
Hot on the back of coach Jeremy receiving his Kata coaching award at the British Judo Awards, his protégés Lani, 14 and Alice, 16 have received their selection letters to represent GB at 2024 u18 European Kata Championships held in June in Bosnia!
The Girls were u16 British Champions (three categories) in 2022 and 2023 they competed in Senior category and won a silver and two bronze medals. We are extremely proud of all three of them!
The club will be paying their entries and registration (as although they are representing GB there isn’t any funding!) There are lots of other costs involved so we need to support them with fundraising. If anyone would like to sponsor / support the girls on their journey, please contact us.
Well done girls and of course to our award-winning Kata coach!
All the club coaches attend Safeguarding, First aid training and have DBS checks every three years; to keep their judo coaching awards validated. They also must attend training events. All the coaches are trained to coach people with additional needs.
The club’s aim is to help young people and adults to learn judo, build self-confidence, self-esteem, improve Coordination and ultimately be the “best they can be”.
Judo for all the family!
Thursday 6:30pm-7:45pm ages 6-14
Thursday 7:45pm-9pm ages 14 plus and seniors
Saturday 9:30am-10:30am ages 4-7
Saturday 10:30am-11:30am ages 7-14
Saturday 11:30am - 1pm Youth and Seniors
First session FREE
Session fees: £3.50 for u18 and £4.50 for adults
Sessions are held at Patchway Youth centre, Coniston Road, Patchway.
Website: Patchway Judo Club
Contact: Alison Finn (club coach and Secretary) email: firstname.lastname@example.org mob: 07974105179
Awards Evening - Coaches, players and parents
Alice & Lani
The Players & Coaches