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In 2011, in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport, JudoScotland created the Judo Inclusion Group (JIG) to take on the role of Disability Judo. The vision of this group was simple, increase the number of people with a disability participating in our sport and to increase the number of coaches working with disability athletes within clubs. The key to success was the education of our coaches and focusing on the clubs ability to cater for athletes with all disabilities.
Following the expansion of JudoScotland, our Governing Body has never been in such a strong position to face the many challenges in recruiting and retaining young athletes with disabilities. Judo Clubs are essential to this development.
- To encourage more athletes with a disability to participate in Judo and to help them reach their full potential
- To integrate athletes with a disability into mainstream clubs which will give the athletes more training opportunities and allow them to access more experienced and qualified coaches
- To provide more quality competition opportunities for athletes with a disability
- To increase the number of coaches working with athletes with a disability and through provision of disability awareness training, it is hoped that more coaches will work with these athletes
- To provide quality training and courses for coaches working with athletes with a disability, by finding or creating resources to help coaches, the knowledge and experience of our coaches working with athletes with a disability should be enhanced.
- Interested in getting your club involved in Disability Judo? If your club is currently working with or would like to know more about how to work with athletes with a disability, please download and complete our questionnaire below. This will allow us to better understand what your club hopes to gain from the involvement and can help with anything needed.
The vision of our project is to create opportunities for coaches and volunteers who wish to gain experience working with people of all ages and abilities, with physical, sensory or learning disabilities. By creating a strong workforce, we aim to enhance the participation and opportunities in judo for athletes with disabilities throughout Scotland.
Venue: Engage Sports and Fitness Centre, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus, Sighthill Court, Edinburgh EH11 4BN
I have a disability, how can I get involved?
If you have a disability and would like to get involved in Judo, please contact StephenSomerville@judoscotland.com or call the JudoScotland Education & Development team on 0131 333 2981.
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