The Power of ‘I Do Judo’

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The Power of ‘I Do Judo’

Posted: 13/03/2018

Phase two of Scotland’s first visually impaired Judo programme ‘I Do Judo’, is showing the people of Glasgow just how powerful Judo can be in the development of young people.

The programme which has been developed in collaboration with Scottish Disability Sport and sportscotland, from insight acquired from pan-disability Judo over four years, has been working with five schools across Glasgow.

The benefits to those taking part has been diverse from simply participating in a new sport to a new found self-confidence and self-belief. Children have also been encouraged and supported to attend the local JudoScotland Disability Hub at Movement Park, meaning that it is not just a simple school taster, but a long term pathway to a life in Judo. This sustainability has been seen in five students who have undertaken their first Judo grade since taking part in the project. 

Jenny Dougal, PT Inclusion at Rosshall speaking about the programme said;“We were absolutely delighted with the Judo project. The whole enterprise was very well organised - equipment was delivered and well used, staff who came along were great with the young people, the pupils engaged well (even the ones who were maybe not so keen) and the links made with our Mobility specialist meant that the involvement has extended to weekend activities for at least 3 of our pupils. The fact that a double Paralympic medallist is involved was also amazing!”

However the power of this project has not just had an impact on the participants, it has also had a profound effect on the coaches involved.  Two of the coaches involved are currently looking to set up their own disability sessions within their own clubs as a direct result from ‘I Do Judo’.  John Kane from Hamilton Judo Club, who assisted in some of the sessions, said ‘As a ’Senior Coach’, it was such a privilege for me to be involved with I Do Judo to witness the sheer enjoyment of the kids from the sessions.’

As this project moves from strength to strength, JudoScotland hopes to develop the programme further, if you would like to get involved in ‘I Do Judo’ or simply find out more, contact us on 0131 333 2981.