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Grant application successful

We are delighted to announce that the Club received news today that it’s application to the Club Support scheme being administered by British Judo has been successful, and we will receive grant support towards reopening when this is possible.

The funds will be used to purchased training aids and other equipment as well as subsidising running costs due to potential loss of income from reduced class sizes due to social distancing requirements.

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Further delay to club re-opening

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday that Portsmouth was being moved to the new Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions, after only a day in Tier 3, was unexpected.

We are still awaiting full guidance as to what Tier 4 means for community sports club; however we understand that it is equivalent to the national lockdowns imposed in March and November.

We hope that this will only be for a short period of time, but the Health Minister made clear on Sunday that these new restrictions could b ein place for several months – presumably by which he meant over the winter period.

It seems unlikely that our announced re-opening date of 12th January will be possible, however we will keep you updated with news as and when we can. This is incredibly frustrating, however the safety of everyone especially the most vulnerable must come first, and we continue to be patient.

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Club delays reopening due to Portsmouth entering Tier 3

It was confirmed today that Portsmouth (along with Havant and Gosport) are entering Tier 3 restrictions in the fight to contain the spread of coronavirus.

We have been in contact with the school to confirm what this means for our planned Return to Judo.

British Judo guidance is that

With the correct social distancing rules enforced in venues and the current non-contact nature of the training schedules, we are effectively classified once again as an “organised exercise class”.

Tier 3: Classes for under 18s can restart indoors. Sessions for ages 18+ must remain outdoors. Same Household sessions permitted.

Tier 2: As per our Phase 1 Guidelines for A “Safe Return To Judo”.

Tier 1: As per our Phase 1 Guidelines for A “Safe Return To Judo”.

The school have confirmed that they are still happy for us to proceed under this basis, however they have a new Headteacher commencing on 4th January who may wish to review this decision. With this in mind, we have delayed our planned reopening to Tuesday 12th January.

We will post further details of our planned Return to Judo over the Christmas period.

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Return to Judo in January

After the longest break in the Club’s history, we are delighted to announce that training will recommence at the Club on the evening of Thursday 7 January 2021.

It has been a long wait since we announced we were closing our doors due to the coronavirus pandemic; our planned return in November was delayed due to Lockdown 2.0.

Hopefully, Portsmouth won’t be put in a higher tier after Christmas, or another national lockdown imposed.

Keep an eye out for for updates as to what this return will entail, please reset assured it will be in line with British Judo’s Return to Judo plan as signed off by Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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Return to indoor training

The school has given us permission to return to training from Tuesday 10th November.

Please note that this will be in line with Phase 1 of the British Judo Return to Judo plans. The emphasis will be on movement and fitness, as non-elite contact sports are still prohibited under Covid regulations. As anticipated, the school has also put some requirements in place.

We are of course aware that Covid cases are rising around the country and that further restrictions are possible.

Before we commit to a return to training, we are seeking your views – to that end, we are running a poll in our Parents and Players Facebook group, to see whether you support a return to judo related (but not judo) training in the current situation. Please take a few seconds to vote. You can also comment below.

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Update on our Return to Judo

We have submitted details of our planned return to training to the school as requested.

This has included a detailed risk assessment and insurance details for the club.

Additionally we have submitted a grant application to the BJA for support to offset any losses in mat revenue due to reduced mat numbers, and purchase of additional cleaning materials.

In both cases, we are currently awaiting a response.

We will update you all as soon as we have any news.

Don’t forget that in the meantime you can continue to support us via both the Portsmouth Lottery and Easyfundraising. Your support now is more vital than ever and is greatly appreciated. And did you know, Portsmouth Lottery has just had it’s first £25,000 winner!

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A step closer to a safe return to judo

The school has informed us today a return to training is possible from after October half term, subject to us submitting a Covid risk assessment and our requirements being possible with their cleaning schedules.

We are planning a low key return with ONE session only on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. This is to safeguard club finances whilst we gauge interest and appetite for a return to judo.

We are still in Phase 1 of the BJA’s agreed Return to Judo plan – details are available here https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/covid-19/a-safe-return-to-judo/. Please make sure you are familiar with the requirements on you as a player / parent.

Key points to note at present:

  1. BJA membership must be up to date – no licence, no training!
  2. Covid declarations will be required for each session attended
  3. Attendance must be pre-booked – numbers will be limited to allow for social distance (3 square metres per player). Insufficient numbers means sessions will be cancelled. Booking will open a week in advance and close 48 hours before.

More details will follow as details are firmed up.

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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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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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Outdoor training to commence next week

Outdoor training will commence next Tuesday, 16 June, and run every Tuesday until further notice.

Sessions will be weather dependent – cancellation notices will be posted to the website, Facebook and Twitter.

We will meet at our usual venue, by Hilsea Lines, where the bridge crosses over from Higbbury College and joins Peronne Road.

Sessions will commence at 6.30 and run for about 45 minutes to an hour.

There will be no more than 5 players to one coach, in order to comply with Government guidelines. Please register your interest by commenting on this post or on our social media posts.

As social distancing needs to be be maintained, this will not be a judo session. Neither can we share equipment with people outside of household groups. However we will be looking to incorporate some solo judo exercises.

There will be running. There will be press ups. There will be sit ups. There might even be burpees and mountain climbers and squats.

You will need :

  • Running shoes and sports clothing
  • Water bottle
  • A jacket for judo exercises (not necessarily a judo jacket as it may get grass stained)
  • Optionally, an exercise mat.

In order to support club funds, we ask for a £2 per head fee. We are happy to take cash, please try to bring the correct change with you.

We look forward to seeing you.

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