It wasn’t just as competitors that Court Lane started to make a mark in the late 90s.
Club coach Roger Spreadbury was already qualified as an Area Referee, and went on to achieve his National C.
John MacEnri also achieved Area Referee qualification.
Brett Caswell and Chris Batchelor undertook the Junior Referee scheme, frequently refereeing at the Mountbatten Centre, which then hosted all of Hampshire’s judo tournaments. Brett achieved the highest level of junior referee award, and passed the practical exam for Area Referee whilst refereeing at Crystal Palace.
The Junior Referee scheme is certainly something we would like to see more players explore – not everyone is a competitor. There are also always opening for time keepers and record keepers to assist with competition.