The Scottish SN Judo Group meets for training sessions which are open to all judoka aged 10 years or over. While the group is focused primarily on meeting the needs of individual players who have special needs (physical, sensory, or learning) we are also keen to encourage mainstream players to attend our sessions as training partners, helpers, assistant coaches, or judo friends.

Typically, mainstream judo clubs find it difficult to provide a full programme of judo activity catering for their members with special needs. The Scottish SN Judo Group aims to assist these clubs by offering a programme of extra training and competition that their members can attend.

Players are always encouraged to regularly attend their clubs, indeed selection and support at events is conditional on an individual keeping up their regular attendance at their home club.

Training Sessions

Currently, the Group meets at:

Clydebank Leisure Centre
Garth Drive,
Clydebank, G81 1BF

The sessions are from 1pm - 2:30pm with a mat fee of £6 per session towards group funds.

For a complete list of training sessions and competition dates, have a look at the calendar page or e-mail us at Please be sure to contact us to confirm dates and times before attending any scheduled event.

Coaching Staff

All our coaches are British Judo Association (BJA) qualified and have several years experience coaching in mainstream judo clubs as well as working with individuals with special needs. They are regularly disclosure checked to comply with governing body regulations and to maintain their coaching revalidation requirements.

Our staff are all volunteers who freely give their time and services for the benefit of the group.

Lynn Blackshaw
BJA Club Coach
2nd Dan
Duncan Hewitson (BSc, PGCE)
Programme Organiser
BJA Senior Club Coach
2nd Dan
Suzi McSkimming (BA, PGCE)
Group Treasurer
BJA Club Coach (UKCC Level 2)
2nd Dan

BJA Inclusion Commission

Duncan Hewitson and Suzi McSkimming have been members of the BJA Inclusion Commission since 2009.

This Commission is tasked by the BJA to look at ways of increasing inclusion within the sport. In recent years the Commission has made several important developments relevant to judoka with special needs:

Great Britain SN Judo Team

In 2009 Duncan and Suzi were appointed as coaches to the Great Britain Youth SN Team and led the team to their first event in the Netherlands in November 2009. In April 2011 the team were back in the Netherlands participating in the G-Judo event in Beverwijk.