Newbury Judo Club have been established for almost 70 years and has a strong history of welcoming new members each every year, and developing those members into successful Judoka.
We have many members who have been with the club for decades, and many that are at the start of their Judo career, and we've developed beginners through to national squad members.
The club is proud to be entirely self sufficient and we have a team of dedicated, volunteer qualified coaches with many. many years of high level competition and coaching experience.
At Newbury Judo Club we teach you self defence using a martial art steeped in history and at the same time you get a fantastic level of fitness - so come and join Newbury Judo Club today!
Newbury Judo Club will be holding a celebration of 40 years in their own purpose built Dojo, Poplar Place, Almond Avenue, Newbury.
The records show Newbury Judo Club started back to the 1940’s but it was some years later that Jean Beagley, the then head Coach staged a sit in at Newbury District Council until an agreement was reached and a plot of land allocated for the parents to build their own Dojo.
The Newbury coaches all give their time on a voluntary basis including coaching the players at competitions at weekends which means giving up a lot of family time but they are a dedicated crew.
This dedication has led to two of the coaches becoming British Masters (veterans) Gold medallists with a third securing a bronze & one of our coaches becoming a Masters World Champion following her previous success as British National Champion in her teens.
Over the last few years the Club has had multiple medallists at the British National Championships and in 2015 they had their first Male British National Champion at Cadet level. He then went on to become Newbury’s first European Cup medallist securing a Silver medal at the Spanish European Cup in 2016. Ranking him 14th in the world at that time. Hard work & dedication then earned him an all expenses paid training trip to Japan for 9 days with the GB Trademarks Squad.This led to him then qualifying for a part-time place at the GB Judo Academy another first for Newbury Judo Club.
We have had three players make selection for the European Cups, two of whom have also competed in the Sainsbury’s School Games with one of them securing a Bronze medal at this event.
This was then followed by the Clubs first female National Gold medallist in the Minors division and one of the squad making selection for the GB SN (Special Needs) Squad, again another Newbury first.
This year we have a new batch of Red belts starting to compete and they have been bringing home the medals in true Newbury fashion.
Our recent successes have been under Head Coach Nicki Harris who has been with the club since she was six years old. A British National Medallist herself and a GB squad member. Sadly injured out of Judo in her prime, Nicki has found her vocation coaching to a very high level. Her whole family participate in the running of the club, with her two boys also competing. Her eldest having competed at European Cup level.
We would like to celebrate current & past success with a BBQ at the Club for all those past and present members and coaches.
If you have links with the Club please come along and celebrate with us everyone is welcome.
To be held at Newbury Judo Club on 6th May 2017 from 2pm onwards. If you have any queries you can contact the club at newburyjudoclub.co.uk