EDINBURGH JUDO SO FAR
EDINBURGH JUDO SO FAR
Edinburgh Judo is the home of ‘the Gentle Way’ in Edinburgh and it’s surrounding areas, and we have promoted excellence and growth in judo from grassroots to Olympic level since our foundation in 1965. We have a vision to raise our profile and plan to expand our operations in Edinburgh and its environs.
Our main hub is in St. Margaret’s House, Meadowbank and we have over 375 active members with ages ranging from 4 to 65 as well as satellite classes in local primary and secondary schools. We believe in the power of sport, and in particular Judo, to change lives and its ability to create engaging, confident, well-rounded people. Our club ethos is that of friendship, effort and personal improvement in a warm, safe environment and of enabling the community to access not only sport, but also the benefits that a healthy lifestyle can bring.
We are delighted to announce that one of our long-time members, Sally Conway, won a bronze medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games! This is a massive success and means that our coach, Billy Cusack, has had players win medals at every level possible in the sport. Sally’s Olympic achievement adds to the previous success EdinburghJudo has had at past World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games alongside many other accolades EdinburghJudo judoka have won.
Importantly, building on EdinburghJudo’s sporting success, our work operates in many other areas of the community. Edinburgh Judo is actively working with current partners in the area to deliver and develop programmes working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Edinburgh Judo acts as the delivery partner for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in the East of Scotland, and so far has facilitated two fantastic ‘Get On Track’ programmes, the Trust’s flagship scheme. ‘Get On Track’ programmes work with groups of 25 Young People between the ages of 16-25 that are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), to enable them to achieve a personal positive outcome.
Many of Edinburgh Judo’s top elite athletes and coaches work as Athlete Mentors on ‘Get On Track’ schemes to achieve our vision of using judo to make Edinburgh, and the whole of Scotland, a positive environment for everyone involved with the club.