JudoScotland Skill sCool Takes Off in the East

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JudoScotland Skill sCool Takes Off in the East

Posted: 09/06/2015

On the 7 June, JudoScotland brought Skill sCool to the borders. Skill sCool provides a positive introduction to the exciting world of Judo beyond the Club environment. Skill sCool sessions have a clear focus on fun and enjoyment whilst also teaching new skills and aiding personal improvement.

Sundays Skill sCool in Peebles was a roaring success with 80 youngsters and 36 volunteers taking part, the maximum capacity for this event. Those in attendance enjoyed a mixture of coaching, practice, mat challenges and officiating training.

Each element of Skill sCool; TRI Judo, Super Hi-5’s, Mad About Judo and the Energizer Zone, focuses on skill development rather than winning or losing. TRI Judo (Train, Reflect, and Improve) lead by JudoScotland Talent Development Coach Lee Calder helps to develop essential skills and movements by breaking them down into key areas and activities. Super Hi-5’s provides participants a chance to ‘practice’ their skills and movements with well matched partners. Mad About Judo offers a mixture of fun physical challenges to improve balance, reaction and power, all essential features of physical literacy. The final element is the Energizer Zone, which encourages rest, rehydration and nutrition as important factors of a healthy lifestyle.

Johnny Imrie, Regional Development Officer (East) for JudoScotland said: “Skill sCool is a ground breaking concept which allows our young Judoka the opportunity to practice judo in safe, fun manner providing a more appropriate ‘age & stage’ level of event.”

The Borders Skill sCool was received with great success, a success that was down to a close partnership with the various clubs, coaches and facilities involved. From here JudoScotland partnerships can only go from strength to strength, resulting in the successful delivery of future Skills sCool’s.

Johnny Imrie concluded, “It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in the event from the start, booking the hall to picking up the banana skins at the end before the lights went out.”