A Brief update from the Chair of some key events and recent news from June. 

Hi Judo Community,

I’d like to start this month’s report with a huge congratulations to the Scottish Judo Community – clubs, coaches, members and families. I’m delighted to announce that JudoScotland membership has pushed through the 8,500 mark! This achievement is due to all of your hard work and commitment.  We’re exceeding our targeted growth rate and well on our way towards our new set of targets where we’re aiming to have over 10,000 members in the next 3 years.  Very well done and please keep up the good work!

A few more ‘well dones’ to hand out. Notably to Sean Allan, who won Gold at the Special Olympic Games in June in Berlin, and to Chris Murphy who retained his U81kg title at the Virtus Global Games in Vichy, France.

Also to Sarah Adlington who was inducted into the University of Edinburgh’s Sports Hall of Fame and to Paul Grady, winner of the Rob McPherson Volunteers Award at the Scottish Student Sports Awards, marking his commitment to supporting Student Judo.

From a personal perspective, I’m very pleased with the way the Board is developing. At the beginning of the month, we met up with Andrew Scoular, CEO of British Judo, to catch up on general business.

During June we held induction sessions for our 3 new Independent Directors. The session went very well and got excellent feedback.  Then, a few members of the Board, including myself, attended a workshop run by external consultants entitled ‘Building a Sustainable and Effective Board’.  Very interesting!  At the end of the month, we used Teams to run an Online Board Meeting which the Vice Presidents also attended.

Finally, in June we started the process of reviewing our gradings process – looking at ideas for upgrading and enhancing the offering, more on that to follow.

I’d like to wish everyone all the best over the summer. I hope you are getting a chance to have a break and relax!