Choosing a Club

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Choosing a Club

A Parent’s Guide to Choosing a Judo Club

Choosing a judo club for your child can be a daunting task, there are many different clubs all offering different experiences, that when it comes to leaving your child in the care of someone else it can all seem a little bit too much to take on board.

To help make this choice simpler we have come up with a few tips to help make choosing a club slightly easier. Always remember that if you are unsure of any of the answers, just ask the club, a well governed club will have no problem in answering these questions.

1. Coaching Standard: Does the coach in charge of the session have a valid UKCC Qualification, Protecting Vulnerable Groups and First Aid Certificate?

2. Child protection: Does the club have a child protection officer? Do they have a child protection policy? As part of the affiliation process with JudoScotland, all clubs are required to have a Child Protection Officer.

3. Session Enjoyment: Does the coach make the sessions enjoyable and constructive for the children? Does your coach use the coaching resources available to them from JudoScotland? Do they use Kai Club with under 8 members?

4. Club Environment: Is the club a welcoming environment for both new and existing members?

5. Wider Community: Does your club invest time to training coaches and volunteers? Is the club seen in a positive light within the community?

6. Parent Involvement: Are you encouraged to stay and watch the session? Do you get updates on how your child is getting on?

7. Equipment: Is the equipment that the club uses in a good state of repair?  Are the mats a suitable thickness? Is there enough space on the mat?

8. Quality Assurance: Does your Club hold or working towards the JudoScotland JudoMARK or similar local authority club mark? Is the club affiliated to British Judo (demonstrating minimum operating standards)?

9. Don’t be afraid to ask: If there is anything you would like to know more about whether it be your child’s progression or coaching standards, do not be afraid to ask questions!

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