Borders Judo Clubs Host Successful Female Participation Programme

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Borders Judo Clubs Host Successful Female Participation Programme

Posted: 28/10/2016

Following on from the success of Judo Girls Rock in 2015, the Borders programme returned this autumn for a bigger and better second year, engaging 30 primary 4 -7 children across two different clubs through a four week programme.

Following on from the success of Outreach Judo (Peebles) programme last year, Focus Judo Club (Galashiels) joined the ranks to deliver the four week Judo Girls Rock programme. Judo Girls Rock is designed to engage young females a group at high risk of inactivity, through girls only judo sessions designed to break down the barriers that many young females feel when participating in sport. Research has highlighted that only 41% of girls aged 13-15 in Scotland meet the target of an hour’s physical activity a day.

With the first four weeks under belt, both clubs are looking to the future to continue engaging young females in Judo, which in turn will help to increase levels of physical activity. The success of the programme would not have been possible without the strong relationship between Live Borders, club and governing body.

Paul Murray, Active Schools Coordinator for Live Borders said; “The #judogirlsrock initiative has been a fantastic way to give primary aged girls a fun introduction to the sport of judo. The programme, run in partnership between Active Schools, JudoScotland and local judo club Outreach Judo, has given P4-P7 girls in the Tweeddale cluster an opportunity  to get active, have fun and learn the sport of judo in an all-girl environment where they feel comfortable. The project has been a big success and a number of the girls are now looking to take the next step and become a full member of the club.”

Thomas Hardie, Lead Coach for Focus Judo, talking about the programme said; “I have enjoyed delivering #judogirlsrock class over the last 4 weeks. The girls have been enthusiastic learning basic throws and hold downs, and it has also given our young coach Billie Pflug gaining valuable experience by leading some of the girl’s classes. I would like to thank JudoScotland & Live Borders team, for all their help. Focus Judo are going to start a girl’s class every Wednesday's 7pm-8pm.”

Colin Aitken, Lead Coach for Outreach Judo, talking about the programme said; “This has been a really successful initiative which has been really enjoyable experience for all of us involved with the deliver. I can’t thank Paul Murray from active schools and Johnny Imrie, our RDO from JudoScotland enough for their support. We have a new batch of girls from p4-p7 now doing the sport of judo and I cannot wait for the start of phase 2 next week with girls from p1-p3.”

Jonathan Imrie, Regional Development Officer for JudoScotland said; “This is a great initiative to get more girls more active within the sport of judo. #judogirlsrock underpins some of the issues/barriers to why females drop out of sport in general and tries to create an environment to help encourage a life in sport. I am very proud to be involved with the project and will take all the valuable learning from the good partnership work between our member clubs, Borders Live and ourselves to the other regions in the East.”

To find out more about how you can get involved and where your local Judo Girls Rock club is visit . If you would like to get your club involved in the Female Participation Judo Programme, please contact or call the JudoScotland office on 0131 333 2981. Join in the conversation on Twitter with #JudoGirlsRock.