Patchway Judo Club is
run by a "Parents Forum", so that everyone can be involved
as much or as little as they wish. The club is also governed by
it's own constitution which can be seen here.
We have judo jackets
for children to borrow when they first come along, after they have
been coming for a few weeks they can buy their own from the club.
We stock a small range of kits, but can order any kit you may require
at very competitive rates. Prices start from about £28 . Some
second hand suits are available.
At Patchway we have a
coffee bar, whilst your children are training why not relax and
enjoy a cup of tea or coffee! Sweets & drinks are also on sale
& on Saturday’s hot food! Tthere is a rota for much needed extra willing volunteers!
All profits made by the Kitchen go towards subsidising events for
the children. All sweets and drinks are competitively priced. Where
else can you get a freshly cooked double bacon roll for £2?
It is imperative that
you sign a permissions form as to whether or not you are happy for
the club to use images of your child on this website and will do
so inline with the BJA Child Protection Policy which the club has
How much does it cost?
Judo is a relatively inexpensive
sport, at club level. To help parents & carers know what's involved
here's a breakdown of what's involved
When can my child start
Under BJA rules we can
start taking children 4 weeks before their fifth birthday (also
known as "rising 5s")..
Will my child have to
fight in competitions?
Patchway is committed
to being both a recreational and competitive club. There is no pressure
for players to enter any competitions, players can grade from Kano
1 all they way to top brown (18th Mon) without entering competitions
should they so wish.
However, if your child
does wish to play competitive judo, then the club will help them
become the best they can be, giving them a firm founding in modern
competitive judo and provide the technical knowledge and competitive
insight required for success at club level and beyond. With close
links with other clubs in Bristol, and also with Bristol County
Judo, you can rest assured there is opportunity to train with some
of the best players in the South West. Coaches will decide which
competitions are suitable for a player, taking in to account, age,
ability, experience and weight category. Coaches have a duty of
care to ensure players are not entered in to comeptitions that aren't
appropriate. We ask that all parents respect the experience of the
coaching team. Just because a player is able to do a competition,
it is up to the player if they enter.
How do I know the club
is of a high standard?
We achieved our Sport
England Bronze Club Mark Award in July 2007 - (see the Club
Mark page!) and we achieved Silver in 2010, only the 2nd club
in the South West to do so. For more details about Club Mark www.clubmark.org.uk .
are the only Judo club is South Glos to have achieved Clubmark,
only second in South West of England.
How is the club organised?
The club is run by a parent's
forum, so if you are a parent of a child at the club, then... Congratulations!
You are automatically member of the forum! How active you are is
up to you, but remember ~ all activity burns calories!!
The club owes a great
deal of gratitude to the active members of the Parents Forum and
without their commitment and support this club would grind to a
halt. You will see their names appear listed on newsletters and
see them helping out on Tues/Sat sessions along with organising
club outings/events. More parents need to get involved in this Forum
to help out the others as it is your club not somewhere just to
bring the kids, it's for the whole family!.
BJA rules dictate that
we must have a chairperson, secretary and treasurer. These and the
other formal roles listed below in the who's who section are elected
at our AGM which is held in May, but you don't need to have a formal
position to get involved!! Come on, embrace yourself with a great
feeling of achievement and well being - as Uncle Sam nearly said
"Your Club needs you!"
Can my child wear a blue
Some clubs don't allow
them at all, at others they are only worn by coaches. Until a player
is entering National standard competitions they can only fight in
white kits. Even at National level if they have a blue kit, they
must also have a white one. In our club, blue suits may be worn
by players once they have won a medal in an over 8 competition,
or a BJC competition (which are open to under 8s). This ruling was
brought in several years ago, as an incentive for players to enter
competitions, and to identify those players working towards the
Squad t-shirts are awarded
to players when they have shown commitment to entering competitions,
outside of inter clubs, and a commitment to training.
What about social events?
Throughout the year we try to intersperse
Social Events that are generally well received and allow the children,
their siblings and their Parents/Guardians to get together and forge
lasting friendships. Take a look at the Home page for our upcoming
events and news
Meet the Coaching Team
Alex, Sam, Alison, Tony, Reece and Kieran
Mark, Luke and Chris.
Luke Tavener, 2nd Dan
Luke is a black
belt 2nd Dan Grade and a Club Coach. He sarted judo at the
age of 8. Whilst fitting his coaching duties in Luke is still
competing. Luke has been coaching for over 15 years. He also
goes into schools to create school clublinks and promote judo.Luke often attends courses to learn
new skills that will help our players inprove their all round
skills to get the best out of their judo. Luke achieved 2012 grass roots volunteer award.
Alison Finn, 1st
Alison is a UKCC
(UK Coaching Certificate) level 2 coach.
Alison has attended
many coaching courses in several sportsr. She is also a Disability Sport & Equity tutor
& has been working with children in one form or another
for over 15 years.
As well as coaching
she is the Patchway Club Secretary & Western Area Judo Association
She has many years
experience of coaching children and adults as well as those with Disabilities
(learning & physical) in many different sports & activities.
Alison is a Senior competition recorder . She was presented
with the 2008 BJA award for volunteering. Alison was awarded the 2012 Filton unsung hero award. 2014 She was awarded "Contribution to Incusive Sport Award" by South Glos council
Chris Mockridge 3rd Dan
Chris started judo
aged 4! He joined Patchway aged 7, won his first team medal
for the club aged 8! Chris was Patchway's first male blackbelt.
After a few years away from the club, Chris is back on the
mat and is a BJA Club Coach. Like Luke he is still competiting
and has recently earned his 3rd Dan. Chris is already well
on his way with points for his 4th Dan. A welcome addition
to the coaching team, with bags of enthusiasm and experience.
Alex Bright 2nd Dan
Alex is a UKCC level 2 coach.
He started judo
aged 8 after attending a school taster session with John Wheeldon.
Alex was voted the 2012 BJA Young Volunteer of the year Silver Award and 2012 South Gloucester Junior coach of the year runner up.
In addition to our four level 2 coaches we also have seven level 1 coaches, all with different experiences and skills.
Terms of Reference
|Chair - Andy Phelps
| Vice-Chair - Rich Bright & Mark Todd
Secretary - Alison Finn
Treasurer - Emma
- Sarah Plenty
Assist - Zoe Smart
Competition Secretary - Coaching
|Welfare Officers - Emma Peacock and Roland Clark
|PR & Marketing - Sarah Plenty
|Webmaster - Rich Bright
Fundraising Coordinator -
|Merchandise - Alison & Emma
School Club Links
As a BJA Clubmark Club, Patchway is able
to participate in the BJA School 2 Judo program, which aims to forge
close links between clubs and local schools to encourage children
to get involved with sport.
By 2010 all 5-19 year
olds will be offered at least 5 hours of sport each week, which
will comprise of at least 2 hours of high quality PE and sport at
school. In addition they will also be encouraged to take part in
at least a further 2-3 hours beyond the school day through community
sport, and we hope this will lead to children who had not considered
judo before realising the benefits and coming to train regularly
The certificate shows our first school-club link with St Michael's
in Stoke Gifford, the list below shows all the school club links
we have currently:
belt school club links
St. Michael's School, Stoke Gifford
Coniston Road, Patchway
Patchway Community School
belt school club link
Abbeywood Community School,
Stoke Gifford http://www.abbeywoodschool.com/