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.
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!
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!
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on communities, and it continues to remain uncertain as to when we will be re-able to reopen.
We are keen to come back, and rebuild, as quickly and strongly as we can. To that end, please consider signing up to one of our fundraising initiatives – Easyfundraising or Portsmouth Lottery.
Easyfundraising is ideally placed to help, as it is based on online shopping, which more and more of us are using during the current pandemic. It won’t cost you a penny extra, but the club gets a donation for each purchase you make through the Easyfundraising site.
The Portsmouth Lottery will benefit us directly, with a percentage of each ticket sold coming directly to the club; importantly, some also goes into a grants pot to support other local good causes. Many traditional funding streams have dried up completely during the pandemic, so this may be vital in supporting lots of other local causes.
There are great prizes to be won on the Portsmouth Lottery!
As well as a chance to win a cash prize of £25,000 you could win 1 of 5 Google Nest mini bundles and a fitbit.
Just visit our page on the Portsmouth Lottery to purchase your weekly ticket! 50p from every ticket sold comes back to the club and helps us to keep our mat fees as low as possible and start to save towards mat replacement.
Using the link above will trigger an additional £5 donation to the Club when your own donation reaches £5.
Every time you shop online, go to Easyfundraising fund and shop from their partners. We get a percentage of the nett price, with no additional cost to you! Online shopping has already £470 in donations for us, from partners such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Dunelm, Regatta.
Installing the Easyfundraising app on your ‘phone makes it even easier to support the Club on the move!
Buy tickets from the Portsmouth Lottery
Purchasing tickets from the Portsmouth Lottery means we get 50% of every ticket price, with 10% going into a charitable causes grant fund.
Buy a ticket now and you could win a Fitbit and Google Mini, as well as being entered into the weekly draw to win up to £25,000.
Currently we have sold 1,696 tickets raising £848 for the Club.
Why your support matters
There are a number of reasons why we value your support with our fundraising.
1. Most urgently, current numbers and mat fees do not quite cover the cost of hall hire. To give you an idea of costs, the total income from Easyfundraising to date does not cover the cost of one month’s hall hire.
2. To support the coaches. The club coaches continue to be unpaid, and fund their own coach development and revalidation.
3. Our mats are getting old. The 2×1 metre mats were purchased more than twenty years ago. The 1×1 metre mats were second hand from the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Whilst none need replacing yet, they are showing signs of wear and tear through constant handling. It would be prudent to start building up a mat replacement fund. At the last estimate, it would cost circa £5,000 to replace the current mats.
4. Ultimately, to have our own dojo (training hall), and be masters of our own destiny.