The Club

Our history
Walderslade Judo Club opened in January 1996, has steadily grown over the years and is now one of the largest judo clubs in the Medway and Maidstone area.  We have one of the largest and safest practice areas for judo in the area and our members take an active part in many local, national and international competitions.  Our club members regularly feature as members of the Kent Squad and our members have represented the Southern Area many times.
In 2007 the club was awarded its Clubmark Award from Sport England and in 2010 we were voted Medway 'Junior Club of the Year'.  In 2012 we were voted runner up as Medway 'Sports Club of the Year' and in 2006 one of our coaches was voted Medway 'Coach of the Year'.  In 2018 two of our members were again recognised for their acheivements at the Medway Sports Awards, when Caz Rawlings was voted runner-up in the category for 'Sportsperson of the Year' and took the Silver Award, whilst our Senior Coach Eddie Orgee, won the Gold Award and became Medway 'Coach of the Year'.
Competition success
Our members win medals at County and Area level on a regular basis and we have members who have even won medals at British, Commonwealth, European and World judo events.  In 2015 and 2016 we had four senior club members in the British Masters Squad and every year since 2015 we have had club members compete at the World Judo Championships - Veterans.
Caz Rawlings, one of our UKCC Level 2 qualified coaches is a Veterans World Judo Championship Silver and double Bronze medallist, taking Bronze in 2016 and 2017 and Silver in 2018.  Caz also won a Bronze in the Veterans European Judo Championships in 2017 and a Silver medal at the Commonwealth Judo Championships, Grand Masters event in 2018.  Our Senior Coach, Eddie Orgee also took a Silver medal at the Commonwealth Judo Championships, Grand Masters event in 2018.
Club events
We organise a number of club events each year, including regular Gradings, trips to France and Holland and our own International Training Camp each November.  For this event we try to have a special guest Coach and in the past we have been honoured to have had former World and European Champions Craig Fallon and Loretta Cusack-Doyle come alaong, as well as former Olympians such as Steve Gawthorpe and Colin Oates, former British Champion and GB Squad member Sam Dunkley and Commonwealth Games Silver medallist Tom Reed.
The classes
Weekly club sessions are led by one or more of the clubs fully qualified Coaches, a number of which have gained their UKCC Level 2 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 jackets and belts 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 or Friday evening to take a look or even have a go.  For details of class times see the Classes links above.
Club Welfare Officer
Our club operates an open and supportive policy and Stewart our Club Welfare Officer (CWO) can be contacted by email at any time if you have any issues. 

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