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No return until at least October

British Judo’s Return to Judo plan has been signed off by the appropriate agencies, meaning that Phase 1 of a return to judo could commence as of 25th July.

As previously noted, this is in the school holidays so we were cautiously looking at a return on 8th September.

We have since received the following message from the school,

I am writing to advise you that we are not currently inviting any after school or evening lettings to use our premises in September.  The Headteacher and Academy Trust have not taken this decision lightly but with so many of our children coming back in September we need time to ensure all our processes and procedures are in place and working before we allow additional groups to use our spaces. 

I completely understand that this is very disappointing news for you. However, we will be constantly reviewing the guidance and aim to open our spaces after October half term. 

On the positive side, hopefully this means that by the time we go back we will be a phase or two further down the Return to Judo plan – please take time to read this and see what the requirements will be for you as a player or parent. These requirements should be enforced by any other club you may visit in the meantime.

Outdoor training sessions will continue, using Drayton Park and Hilsea Lines. Latest guidance indicates that group sizes for organised activities can now be up to 30 (including coaches, players, spectators) but must remain contact free and appropriately spaced.

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No outdoor session this evening

Please note that thee will be no outdoor session this evening (Tuesday 21 July).

The next session will be Thursday 23 July, at Hilsea Creek.

Please let us know if you are attending to ensure we have adequate numbers of coaches. We are still limited to working at a maximum ratio of 1:5.

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Still no clear date for recommencement of indoor training

We still have no clear idea as to when we can resume indoor training.

The Government has given the go ahead for indoor training from 25 July, however despite repeated attempts to solicit a response from the school, we do not know if we can recommence any type of indoor activity when school reopens on Thursday 3 September.

We are provisionally working towards a possible return on Tuesday 8 September, however this is as always dependent on

  1. Approval from school
  2. Classes being financially viable with any social distancing requirements that remain

We will keep on endeavouring to get a response from the school. Please check back over the summer for latest updates.

In the meantime, outdoor sessions will continue to be held. Thank you to those who have attended, and parents who have joined in!

There are a lot of you who we haven’t seen – please do contact us if you wish to join in a session to make sure we comply with coach/player group size restrictions.

In the meantime, have a good, safe and healthy summer, and we hope to see you in September.

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Change of venue for Tuesday training

Training this Tuesday will be in Drayton Park, at the bottom of Court Lane.

This will enable us to use the 5 station outdoor gym.

Please also bring judo belts, tension band or uchikomi bands if you have them – we can thread these through the tennis court fence to enable some uchikomi practice.

Times and costs remain unchanged.

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Training cancelled

Apologies for the last notice, but in light of the uncertain weather and no confirmed attendees, we are cancelling tonight’s session.

Hopefully summer will return next week!

We will be checking out a local outdoor gym, with a view towards using that from next week.

Details to follow.

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Easyfundraising breaks £500 barrier

A huge thank you to all who have been supporting us through the Easyfundraising platform.

Donations since we first went live have now broken the £500 mark. These have supplemented mat income and supported us with some of the ancillary costs of running the club, as well as bolstering income when mat attendance has been low.

Your continued support will be amazing as we move forward and prepare for a return to judo… costs are likely to remain high but income reduced due to social distancing requirements.

Easyfundraising is FREE to use, participating retailers make a donation to the club when purchases are initiated through the Easyfundraising platform. If you are shopping through a tablet or mobile, there is an equivalent app you can download so that all donations are captured.

New supporters can sign up here. Once you raise your first £5, Easyfundraising will match it, meaning we get £10!

Thanks once again for your support.

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Training tonight cancelled

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As the weather today (30 June 2020) has been generally wet, we have decided to cancel tonight’s session at Hilsea.

Forecast is looking good for Thursday, so we will see you then.

Enjoy your evening!

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A safe return to Judo

As you may be aware, British Judo hosted a webinar over the weekend in conjunction with the launch of their guidance as to what a Safe Return to Judo could look like.

We are processing this document to see what it means for us, one take away point already is that on return to the dojo all players must have a current licence/membership. This should be a given anyway, but players will be asked to confirm and this will be checked. Players will be asked to confirm they are Covid free on return to the dojo.

As already mentioned, any initial return to the dojo is almost certainly going to be non-contact, with contact only allowed between members of the same household.

At present, we do not have a date from Government as to when our sport/martial art can recommence.

If and when this is announced, any return will be further dependent on the school giving us permission to return AND class sizes being financially viable with any social distancing requirements that remain in place. Distancing requirements for indoor sports are likely to be higher than they are for more mundane activities such as shopping, due to impracticalities of wearing a mask when training, and more powerful exhalation of air during exercise.

We are cautiously working towards a return in September, but this is definitely not a fixed date.

In the mean time, outdoor training sessions will continue as previously advertised. When the use of outdoor gyms is sanctioned again, we will consider a change of venue, but until then all details remain the same.

To mitigate the impacts of us on reduced class sizes, please support us via Portsmouth Lottery and Easyfundraising!

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Don’t forget training tonight!

Don’t forget, we will be meeting tonight for a socially distanced fitness and movement training session, as announced previously. Please let us know if you are coming!

Bring outdoor sports clothing and water, an exercise mat is also useful.

Our next session will be Thursday.

We are expecting guidelines soon from the BJA as to what a return to mat based training could look like – but we will be dependent on the school allowing hall hire to recommence. Recent news from Croatia after Novak Djokovic hosted a tennis tournament, with several players testing positive afterwards, also flags up the value of a cautious return to sport.

In the meantime, don’t forget you can help us to boost club funds so that we can come back stronger by playing the Portsmouth Lottery or using the Easyfundraising website or app when shopping online – we have recently benefitted from purchases at Amazon, Uber Eats, Dunelm and Ordnance Survey, to name just a few. Signing up now could win us £500!

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Outdoor sessions to run twice a week

Following this week’s trial, we will commence outdoor training in earnest next week.

Sessions will run Tuesday and Thursday evening, commencing at 18:30 and run for about an hour. Sessions will remain weather dependent, cancellation notices will be posted on website and our normal social media channels.

We will meet in our usual place at Hilsea Lines, where the bridge crosses over from Highbury College to join Peronne Road.

We will mix it up with some fitness activities and judo movements. Social distancing will be maintained, as will small group sizes in line with Government guidance. To enable this, we appreciate prior notification of attendance to ensure adequate numbers of coaches.

Please wear suitable sports clothing, bring water (it is looking HOT next week) and if you have one, an exercise mat will be beneficial.

A contribution of £2 per head is asked for, this will help to boost club funds for when we are able to return to normal training.

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