November ended with a welcome funding boost for South Brent Judo Club in the form of a generous £2,500 cheque from the Co-op Local Causes initiative.
This money will be used to fund training and competitive fees for all members of South Brent Judo Club. The cheque was presented by Louise Hawkins, manager of South Brent Co-op, and received by chairperson Bruce Baker, vice chairperson Oli Michelin, fund-raiser Angie Vosper and judokas Libby Daymond and Pierre Michelin.
Meanwhile, South Brent coaches and judoka spread far and wide with coaches Pete Whitfield and Gary Gregory in Walsall receiving an up- date briefing from the British Judo Association while seven players travelled to Bath to attend the AASE programme, a course in judo, nutrition and tactics.
Lewis Widdicombe, Cerys Callard, Kolya Schwinge, Max Gregory, Adam Vosper, Josh Shipp and Tom Smith all received expert tuition from Jurgen Klinger, head coach of Bath University’s high performance squad.
At the same time, Pierre Michelin and Kiya and Zoe Butler joined players from across Devon for Devon Training.
Next up for the club is the big one, with judokas heading to Sheffield for the National Championships.