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JudoScotland Open Training Session for Disabled Judoka

The first open training session for disabled judoka organised by JudoScotland was held at the National Dojo at Ratho on Sunday 2nd December. The session was led by Stephen Somerville (JudoScotland's Education & Development Grow Executive) and assisted by a very special guest coach - the +100kg London 2012 Olympian Christopher Sherrington.

The session, which was open to all judoka with physical, sensory or learning disabilities, was a great success with players travelling from many parts of Scotland to attend. After the training, Chris spent some time with the players answering questions about his Olympic experience and they went home "buzzing" with a signed photograph.

JudoScotland, who are now working closely with Scottish Disability Sport to promote disability judo, are planning to establish a national disability judo squad and hold regular squad training sessions at Ratho and throughout Scotland. JudoScotland are also keen to see the first Bupa Charity Disability Open being held at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on 9th June being a big success, with invitations sent out to contacts across the UK and Europe.

Players, parents and coaches interested in finding out more about JudoScotland's plans for disability judo can e-mail Stephen at stephensomerville@judoscotland.com or telephone 0131 333 2981.

Participation Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Scottish SN Judo coach Duncan Hewitson on being named joint winner of JudoScotland's Participation Coach of the Year award.

In the 8 years that group has been established, players who perhaps thought that there was no pathway for them in Judo have gained confidence, made new friends and participated in competitions thanks to Duncan's patience and encouragement. He also organises travel arrangements so that players, who are maybe the only SN player in their club, can join with the group in going to competitions in Britain and Europe. The success of the group is borne out by the fact that in the gold medal winning GB team at Venray last year, 5 of the 7 team members train regularly with the Scottish SN Judo group.

We also wish Duncan all the best, as he has now been nominated by JudoScotland for the sportscotland Awards which will be held later this year.

Scottish Benefits Centre Donation

The Scottish SN Judo group were delighted to receive a cheque for £150 from the Scottish Benefits Centre for their funds. We appreciate that the Centre chose Scottish SN Judo to benefit from their generosity. This fantastic amount was raised when the office staff held an Olympic Celebration Event on Friday 13th July. The photo shows some of the group with the cheque at the August training session at the Palace of Art.

 
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