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Keeping us all safe as restrictions lift

The lifting of restrictions on 19 July meant that judo could recommence as before. Albeit in a world where Covid is still a real and significant presence.

As announced previously, we are delaying the return of adult judo until September. Junior sessions will continue this week as normal, then with a summer timetable from 24 July.

As a minimum, all players should continue to exercise good hygiene. Hand sanitiser is available in the hall.

Please stay away if you or anyone in your household is exhibiting symptoms associated with Covid, or you have been advised to isolate.

Please bring your own drinks bottles – we will not be supplying water and cups.

Our QR code will remain – we would encourage all players over 16 and parents staying at the Club to scan and register with the NHS Covid app to enable Track and Trace.

Masks are no longer compulsory off the mat.

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Adult judo to recommence in September

The latest lifting of restrictions indicates that adult judo can recommence from 19 July, although we are still awaiting full guidance from DCMS via British Judo.

With school closing on Friday 23 July, we have decided to hold off restarting adult classes until we make a full return to judo after the summer holidays, in September.

With concern also being expressed about the rapid increases in cases linked to the Delta variant (and a slower but definite rise in hospital admissions) this will give a much clearer idea as to what precautions we may need to make to keep judo as Covid-safe as possible.

We hope to have some exciting news about summer judo for -18s shortly.

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Covid precautions – a reminder

With the sharp increase in the number of cases of Covid reported over the last few days – nationally and locally – please remember the following simple precautions when visiting the Club:

  • A one way system is in operation – enter from the playground, exit to the car park.
  • Hand wash – cleansing gel is available in the hall.
  • ALL players and coaches need to complete a Covid declaration for each session – either online or paper copy in the Club.
  • Coaches, players over 16 and spectating parents need to log in via the NHS Covid-19 app – we have our own QR code you can scan.
  • Unless you are exempt, face coverings should be worn off the mat.

Thanks you for your continued support.

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Don’t forget, Thursday judo is back!

After a successful resumption of Tuesday sessions, Thursday judo returns this evening!

Normal session times of 6-7pm, 7-8pm will apply.

Just a reminder, that sessions currently are for -18s only and a Covid declaration is needed for each session – you can make this online here.

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Welcome back after half term

Hope everyone had a good half term break, and enjoyed the sunshine.

If you are training tonight, don’t forget to complete your Covid declaration at (paper copies are also available at the Club).

Everyone aged 16+ who is remaining at the Club is also required to leave contact details for Track and Trace – this can be on paper but is easier for us to manage if you simply scan the Club’s QR code using the Covid-19 app.

Thursday sessions will also resume from this week (Thursday 10th).

See you on the mat!

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Don’t forget your Covid declaration!

Training tonight?

Don’t forget to complete your Covid declaration at (paper copies are also available at the Club).

Everyone aged 16+ who is remaining at the Club is also required to leave contact details for Track and Trace – this can be on paper but is easier for us to manage if you simply scan the Club’s QR code using the Covid-19 app.

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Will adults be able to return to training in June?

Under the Government’s plan to exit coronavirus restrictions, it was envisaged that all restrictions in England would be lifted on 21st June, meaning that adults could return to full contact training from that date. (Currently adults could train indoors, with no contact other than people from their family group. At the moment, we have chosen to work just with under 18s who are allowed full contact).

Each stage of the lifting of restrictions is dependent on:

  • the vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
  • evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  • infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  • UK Government assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern

You will be aware of course that a new variant has emerged, which appears to be even more transmissible than the variant that drove huge hospital admissions over the winter months. The latest evidence is that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccinations continue to offer good protection against the latest variant, but that there is a rise in infection showing amongst the younger age groups who may not have received the vaccination as yet. This will be driven in part by the relaxing of restrictions, as well as the new variant.

So, will adults be able to return to training towards the end of June?

For a definitive answer, we will need to wait for an announcement, probably in week commencing 14th June; but we are cautiously optimistic.

We envisage however that registering attendance via the Club’s QR code and submitting a Covid declaration will remain a requirement for the foreseeable future. It is possible that regional restrictions or increased testing may be applied to manage local outbreaks – we understand extra testing capacity has been created in north Hampshire recently, linked to the latest variant. (Portsmouth City Council yesterday sounded the alarm about an increase in local cases, although it is still a long way short of the figures seen earlier in the year).

In the meantime, please continue to practise Hands – Face – Space

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Looking forward to seeing you tonight

Super pleased at how many existing players have returned to judo already, and new faces that have joined us.

Looking forward to seeing you all again tonight, please don’t forget:

  • a one-way system is in operation
  • a limited number of spectators can now stay (subject to being able to maintain distancing requirements)
  • anyone over 16 (coaches, players, parents) staying at the club must register by scanning the club’s QR code using the Covid-19 app
  • a Covid declaration is required for all participants and coaches – either online at or by completing a paper form at the club.

Thank you for your continued co-operation.

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Another step closer to normal

Following the announcement tonight on further easing of restrictions, we can confirm that as of next week spectators are welcome to stay during sessions.

Please note we are only able to accommodate a limited number of spectators – no more than 3 per session – due to distancing requirements. Spectators and parents must remain a 2 metre distance from other households, and 3 metre from the mat edge. Spectators will be required to scan the club’s QR code for Track and Trace.

Our training offer is currently only open to under 18s – we hope to resume adult sessions from June.

As always, participants must have an in date licence and complete a Covid declaration – full details can be found here.

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Looking forward to seeing you again tonight!

Looking forward to seeing you back on the mats tonight!

Before you attend don’t forget to complete your online Covid declaration at It’s quicker and easier than completing a paper copy at the club.

If you haven’t already, please familiarise yourself with the Covid safety protocols we have put in place.

See you tonight!

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