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British University Team 

The British University judo team visited some of Japan’s most famed training centres and historical venues during a

week-long trip in July. London’s 15-strong touring party featured players from the clubs at Cambridge University, arch-rivals Oxford, Imperial College and the University of London. The trip was led by offi cials Tony Sweeney, the head of the British University team, as well as Joe Doherty and brother Chris. Tokai University and Tokyo

East Hunsbury School

Northampton’s East Hunsbury Primary School, the fi rst in the town to stage judo, has received a wave of interest and enthusiasm from pupils as they continue to develop their fi rst-class delivery of the sport. School teacher Mr. David Rose, who’s overseen the club’s integration of the Olympic sport, said: “I wanted to deliver a contact sport in the school and chose judo because it’s a physical activity but it is conducted in a safe, controlled and disciplined environment. Mr. Rose, who has a martial arts background, has started judo himself as he joins up with an enviable coaching pairing of former British internationals, Gavin Davies and Alan Scott.

Lewes JC 

Stevenage indebted to Mr Judo

Stevenage Judo Club founder Bill Stroud is still the talk of the club despite retiring in December 2009. Stroud, who started judo aged 27 in London in 1963, retired from coaching last year aged 73, earnt the nickname 'Mr.Judo.'

Guernsey stalwart receives recognition

University were two of the squad’s regular training centres as they included sightseeing and visits to the world famous Kodokan and Jigoro Kano Museum. “Our main incentive is the cultural exchange in line with the educational ideals of judo founder Jigaro Kano,” said Chris Doherty, who runs Oxford University’s respected club. The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge fi rst linked with their Japanese counterparts in 1997 when the London established hosted 20 students.

Mitch Agnelli, one of Guernsey’s fore- most judo figures, received a Certificate of Recognition in June to mark the stalwart’s services to the sport. Agnelli, 67, received the award when BJA Board of Director and Budokwai Club Chairman Brian Davies turned up unannounced at a training session.

On Saturday 21 August Lewes Bridgeview Judo Club held a special party to celebrate the Club’s 20th anniversary and the pay tribute to the

retiring club founder Dave Fielding. The celebration featured over 150 guests who feasted on a

barbecue, buff et and cake from the club’s resident ‘mum’ Tracy Johnstone.

A series of presentations and speeches from Dave’s peers

followed including his close friend Geoff Ridsdale and club member Simon Crammond. British international judoka Sophie Johnstone presented her former coach with an embroidered black belt which she picked up in Japan, and Dave’s son Jez who made a speech about his father’s accomplishments and then passed on a personalised “club coach” t-shirt, champagne, and a framed Certifi cate of Recognition from the British Judo Association.“ Dave’s daughter and party organiser Becky Fielding said:

“The day was a huge success, with a great turnout from club players, families, friends and past members of the club.”

Walderslade teenager wins award

On 29 June Wayne Russell, a 17-year- old 1st Kyu from Walderslade Judo Club in Kent was presented with the Rosemary Randall Award in recognition of his dedication and leadership. The presentation was part of the annual Try Angle Awards aimed at recognising contributions made to the community by the young people of Medway.

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