Not the post I thought I would be writing

On the eve of the Hampshire Closed, I would usually be writing to wish our players good luck. Or to remind people that clocks change tomorrow and to not be late for the weigh-in.

But not today. Covid-19 has changed everything.

The Club is currently closed.

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Hampshire Closed 2020 cancelled

Hampshire Judo made the following announcement this morning concerning this year’s Hampshire Closed, due to be held on 29th March:

Following the announcements by the UK Government and with our duty of care to all of our Hampshire Judo community we are unfortunately going to have to cancel the Hampshire Closed event on the 29th of March.

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Judo closed until after Easter

Reluctantly, following the recommendations from the Government today to avoid unnecessary travel and social contact, we have decided to close the club during the current Covid-19 crisis.

Hopefully we will be able to reopen after the planned Easter closure.

It has not been an easy decision to make,

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Judo and C-19

We are monitoring the situation regarding the spread of Covid-19 (the coronavirus) very carefully.

Latest guidance is that we are still in the early phases of the “containment” stage of the UK’s response to this global pandemic.

There has only been 1 confirmed case in Portsmouth at the time of writing.

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Congratulations to our new grades!

Congratulations to the players who successfully graded last week:

  • Olivers Berners
  • George Glyde
  • Jon Luijken

Please remember that grades will only be registered with the BJA upon receipt of the correct grading fee. Players must be in possession of a current licence.

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Bring a Parent night is back!

By popular demand, Parent’s Night is back!

Yes, that’s right, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – here is your chance to come and join your children on the mat and find out what judo is all about, for free.

Please feel free to join us and your child on the mat at any session on Tuesday 31st March or Thursday 2nd April.

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Hampshire Closed still planned to go ahead

Please see below the latest update from Hampshire Judo re the Hampshire Closed on 29th March:

After much consideration, the Hampshire Closed WILL be going ahead as planned. We are following national medical advice and as such there is no restriction on holding public events.

All players should follow the guidance provided.

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No Judo over Easter holidays

Please note that there will be no Judo over the Easter holidays. Unfortunately we are unable to access the school buildings.

The dates affected are:

  • Tuesday 7th April
  • Thursday 9th April
  • Tuesday 14th April
  • Thursday 16th April

Classes will recommence on Tuesday 21st April.

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One more squad session before the Hampshire Closed!

The final Hampshire squad before the Closed tournament will run on Sunday 15th March, at Eastleigh’s Fleming Park Leisure Centre. The session will commence at 10am and run until 12 noon.

Previous sessions this year have seen over 50 players – junior and senior – attend.

This final session will be led by one of Hampshire’s most successful male players of recent year,

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Look who else is back…

Maddi with London 2012 Olympic medallist Karina Bryant

Jill is not the only familiar face to return to the club.

Maddi Cox has also returned, helping out on the desk and other admin bits for us.

Maddi represented Portsmouth in the 2013 and 2014 Hampshire &

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