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Remember – no Judo at Court Lane this week

A quick reminder that there is no judo at Court Lane this week.

Classes will resume next week (Tuesday 10 May).

Senior club members are welcome to train with Priory Judo Club at Priory School, Southsea on Wednesday. Class runs from 7.30 – 9.00, there is a £5 mat fee.

Please let Tony know if you are planning to attend, and he will meet you there. You can text/Whatsapp Tony on 07749 036577

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Open, shut and open again

Classes resume after the Easter break on Tuesday 26 April and will run as normal on Thursday 28 April.

Please note however that there will be no judo the following week, Tuesday 3 May and Thursday 5 May.

The school is taking an extra day’s holiday on 3 May in respect of the Queen’s Jubilee, and the hall will be used for voting in local elections on 5 May.

Classes will resume again from Tuesday 10 May.

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No Judo over Easter holiday period

Please note there will be no Judo over the Easter holidays. We are unable to access the school site as there are no staff available.

Our last class will run on Thursday 7 April. The club will re-open on Tuesday 26 April.

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No Judo over February half term

Please note, that due to planned maintenance taking place in and around the school hall, there will be no Judo during the February half term.

Classes will run as normal 15 and 17 February, then resume from Tuesday 1 March.

Gradings will commence from Tuesday 8 March.

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Christmas break 2021

Now that we are in December, it is safe to mention the C word!

Yes, Christmas is fast approaching… hopefully a more normal one for everyone than last year.

Below are details of our Christmas closure and New Year re-opening dates.

  • Last session before Christmas: Thursday 16th December 2021.
  • Reopen: Thursday 6th January 2022. (School officially reopens Tuesday 4th January, but this is an inset day so we have followed suit).

It has been a pleasure to be back on the mats this year, we have trained almost without a pause since the club reopened so enjoy the winter break.

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No half term judo

Please note that there will be NO judo over the half term week:

  • Tuesday 1st June
  • Thursday 3rd June

Classes will resume from Tuesday 8th June, with Thursday classes making their post Covid comeback on Thursday 10th June.

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Club to remain closed

We hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe.

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced today that UK lockdown measures will continue for at least another three weeks.

Consequently the club remains closed, until at least mid-May.

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Looking forward to seeing you all again,

Tony, Kev, Jill and Craig

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Happy Birthday to us

In amongst everything else that has been happening – we almost forgot that this week marks the 27th birthday of the Club!

Really doesn’t seem possible that it was that long ago that Roger, Jill and Tony set the club up.

Here’s hoping that it won’t be too long until we are back on the mat!

Stay safe everyone.

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Not the post I thought I would be writing

On the eve of the Hampshire Closed, I would usually be writing to wish our players good luck. Or to remind people that clocks change tomorrow and to not be late for the weigh-in.

But not today. Covid-19 has changed everything.

The Club is currently closed. Officially until after Easter holidays, but until at least June if we are being realistic. Personally, I think September is more likely by the time we add in summer holidays (remember those?).

We have not been able to say goodbye to John Luijken before he and his family move abroad.

We did manage to get in to clean and disinfect the mats before the school was closed. Thanks to Kev and Craig as always for their help.

The Hampshire Closed has been cancelled, as has the Southern Area teams tournament. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021.

Thankfully as we only hire the hall on an hourly basis from the school, we are not exposed to the same cashflow risks that clubs who own their premised are exposed to. (And I never thought I would be grateful for not having our own dojo, but always something to be glad about if you look!).

If you are online shopping, don’t forget that you can raise funds for the club at the same time via Easyfundraising – use this link to register: and we will receive an extra donation when your donations reach £5. We have 19 supporters currently – 8 of whom who have never shopped via Easyfundraising. It’s easy, free and doesn’t cost you a penny more.

Community groups are going to be vital as we go through this crisis. You can help to strengthen not only us but the wider community if you play the Portsmouth Lottery. Tickets can be purchased via this link,

It is important that everyone stays fit and as healthy as possible – we have posted links in the Facebook group to various resources from Sport England and British Judo. No doubt some of you are working out with Joe Wicks every morning! Maintaining your physical health will help to keep you mentally healthy – again, a lot of support is being signposted towards support in this area.

To those who are essential workers, in the NHS, social care, keeping our food shelves stocked – we thank you for your efforts, stay safe, we will all do our best not to put extra stress on you.

Take care everyone, and we will see you on the other side.

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Judo closed until after Easter

Reluctantly, following the recommendations from the Government today to avoid unnecessary travel and social contact, we have decided to close the club during the current Covid-19 crisis.

Hopefully we will be able to reopen after the planned Easter closure.

It has not been an easy decision to make, especially with the current low incidence rate in the area. The expectation however is that the number of incidents is likely to grow rapidly over the next few days.

The decision was made easier by the example of other clubs such as Gosport, Fort Purbrook and Kendal who have closed their doors, as has the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Ratho. A number of major sporting events have been cancelled.

The decision is supported by Sport England, who are providing information on other ways people can keep fit whilst at home.

Making the decision now will not only protect the health of players and parents, it will also enable us to protect the club finances. Fundraising initiatives through Easyfundraising and Portsmouth Lottery will continue, please support us via these avenues if you can.

Needless to say, the Bring a Parent nights previously advertised are cancelled. We will rearrange these when the club is able to open again.

We will advise of any decisions made regarding the Hampshire Closed on 29th March.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Tony, Kev, Craig & Jill

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