Club Spotlight: Tams Brig Judo Club
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There is a phenomenal amount of work being done by our member clubs across the country and as such we wanted to celebrate just some of the activities taking place across Scotland. Our latest ‘Club Spotlight’ highlights a club who have a strong commitment to developing opportunities for Judoka in Scotland.
Tams Brig Judo Club values the different pathways and provides various opportunities for their members and the wider community. One such example of this has been their over 16’s Ladies Judo Night, which has a focus on self-defence and fitness, opening up the exciting world of Judo to a non-traditional Judo market.
Dawn, who has been attending these sessions said, “I’m 51. I wanted to try judo because I was looking for a more interesting form of exercise other than a simple aerobic workout. I like Judo because it involves many elements; fitness training, grading opportunities competition. No one session is the same. The benefits are an increase in fitness and a sense of achievement but also lots of laughs and new friendships.”
These sessions have also provided a fantastic opportunity to help develop the next generation of coaches. Sixteen year old Amy has been doing Judo for the past 10years and is looking to start on her coaching pathway, the female only sessions provides her with a safe environment to observe experienced coaches and build her self-confidence which is vitally important to her progression as not just a coach but an individual. However that’s not all, the club continues to host Kai, Mon and mixed seniors sessions twice a week, providing opportunities for all those wishing to participate in Judo.
Tams Brig Judo Club would not be what it is without Charlie and Michele at the helm, their commitment to the future of the sport has seen them recently complete their sportscotland Sports Educator Qualifications as well as regularly officiating at JudoScotland events. Their commitment to the growth of the sport has not gone unrewarded as they have seen an increase in membership of their club by 38% since 2014.
The exciting work undertaken by Tams Brig Judo Club is a notable example of the power that Judo can have on an individual, proving that Judo is more than just a sport.
We want to recognise the hard work of the clubs delivering Judo in Scotland, if you would like your club to be considered for the next club spotlight slot, get in touch with SarahBrady@judoscotland.com .