The Club

Walderslade Judo Club opened in January 1996, with a handful of members and a second-hand mat area badly in need of replacing.  Over the years our membership has grown to the extent that we are now one of, if not the largest judo club in the Medway and Maidstone area and our old mats have long been replaced.  We now have one of the largest and safest practice areas for judo in the area and our members take an active part in local, national and international competitions.  
 
Our members usually feature in the Kent Squad and our seniors too have represented the Southern Area in team events over the years.
 
In 2007 the club was awarded its Clubmark Award from Sport England and in 2010 we were voted Medway Junior Club of the Year.  Then in 2012 we were voted runner up as Medway Sports Club of the Year and one of our Coaches Chris Riley was voted Medway Coach of the Year.
 
A number of our members have even won medals at Area, British and Commonwealth level events. In 2015 and 2016 we had four members of the British Masters Squad training at the club and again in 2015 and 2016 we had club members who competed at the World Judo Championships - Veterans.
 
 
At the 2016 Wolrd Championships - Veterans one of our club members even medalled, with Caroline (Caz) Rawlings bringing home a fantastic Bronze medal and being the first club member to acheive a medal at an official IJF World Championship event.
 
 
 
We organise a number of events of our own each year, including annual trips to France and Holland and our own International Training Camp each November. For this event we try to get a special guest Coach and in the past we have been honoured to have had former World and European Champion Craig Fallon, former Olympian Steve Gawthorpe, former British Champion and GB Squad member Sam Dunkley and Commonwealth Games Silver medallist Tom Reed take our sessions.
 
All of the normal club sessions will be led by one or more of the clubs 8 fully qualified Coaches, a number of which have gained their UKCC Level II Coaching Certificates in Judo.  Lessons are structured to meet the needs of those on the mat at the time, and beginners are welcome to come along at any time and will be well looked after.   
 
The first lesson at the club is always free for beginners and judo suits can be borrowed until you decide whether to keep up your judo lessons.  If you would like to know more about the club, just email Eddie for further details, or simply come along any Monday, Wednesday or Friday evening to take a look or even have a go.  For details of class times see the links above for Judo Classes or JudoFit Classes.
 
Club Welfare Officer
Our club operates an open and supportive policy and our Club Welfare Officer (CWO) can be contacted at any time if you have any issues. 
 

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