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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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All 2020 Hampshire Judo events cancelled

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Hampshire Judo have cancelled all planned events for 2020, it was announced yesterday.

Despite some easing of restrictions for outdoor meetings, social distancing requirements remain in place. The coronavirus alert level remains at 4, meaning that indoor events and training for non-elite athletes (especially in contact sports) remain prohibited.

It is hoped that a normal competition programme can be resumed for 2021.

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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.

We look forward to welcoming you on the tatami.

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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. IF you are suffering flu like symptoms AND have been in contact with a person from an affected area then you should self isolate. Otherwise there is no need to seek medical advice.

Hampshire judo will be implementing some preventative measures on the day – such as no shaking of hands and will endeavour to provide hand sanitiser which players will be encouraged to use.

Obviously if the advice changes we shall adhere to it.

Please get those entries in to make the event the success it should be

Entries can be made at www.coubertinjudo.com

The Hampshire squad session on Sunday 15th March is also scheduled to run as planned.

We will update if there are any changes!

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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 & Isle of Wight Games, and took part in many of our demonstrations, most memorably at Solent Junior where she got to slap Andy Read… (She’s probably going to slap me for using this old photo).

We are delighted to welcome Maddi back to the club.

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Look who’s back…

We are delighted to welcome Jill Brown back on the mat!

Jill was one of the original founders of the club in 1993, when we moved from Cosham Community Centre to the school. As well as coaching, Jill has also served as secretary and treasurer for the club.

Both her sons – Simon and Ian – represented the club, and we are pleased to now welcome her grandson Oliver onto the mat.

Jill was absolutely crucial to the club’s success during the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century. It was always her belief that judo should be beautiful as well as effective.

Jill retired from the club in 2010, after achieving most of her judo goals – including having met Neil Adams a number of times!

Graded to 1st kyu and only a smidgen away from attaining her Dan grade, Jill is also a qualified Club Coach and holds a CCPR Higher Sports Leader award. Jill was shortlisted for The News Sports Coach of the Year.

We are delighted to have Jill back on the mat and look forward to working with her again – and helping her gain that elusive black belt that she so deserves.

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