The benefits of Parental Engagement

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Posted: 04/02/2019

In line with sportscotland's communication theme for February, we would like to celebrate the engagement we receive from so many of our athletes parents and guardians. 

Throughout the month, we will be showcasing a range of parents of our members who have engaged in Judo themselves, whether that be as a club volunteer, coach, referee or club secretary to name but a few! 

We hope promoting the different avenues parents and guardians have become involved in Judo will show how beneficial this engagement can be both on a personal level and in understanding your child's involvement in the sport of Judo. 

We would like to start with Heather Rippin from Outreach Judo in Peebles. Click here to read more about how Heather progressed from attending weekly sessions to support her children to now being Club Secretary and attending and participating in weekly Judo sessions herself.

In week 2, Sportif Judo member Raymond Strang discusses the benefits judo participation has had on his sons and also himself. Raymond started training with Sportif in Tranent and currently working towards his 1st Dan. Click here to read more

Our next profile, shows the progression of parent Peter Foster of Highland Budokan. Peter took up Judo after his sons attended their local judo club, Peter has now followed some volunteer pathways with JudoScotland and is a qualified Coach, timekeeper and competition controller. Peter commented "Judo is a great sport and whether you do it competitively or as a recreational player, the judo family is a great one to belong to. From the beginner to the 10th Dan, we are all equal and that is the way it should be". Click here to read more

Next up, Adrian Finch member of Sportif in Cupar had let Judo slip after starting a family. After his children sparked an interest in the sport having seen photographs of their Dad in his Gi, they started to take part in Judo. Watching his children, Adrian felt inspired to take up Judo once again himself and believes it is a central part to his work-life balance. Click here to read more

Paul McWatt of Clyde Judo Club shares his judo journey with us next. Paul had participated in Judo as a child but fell away in his late teenage years. After supporting his sons starting Judo, Paul was encouraged to try Judo again in 2016. Paul is now a 1st Dan who competed in the Veteran European Championships in 2018. Paul has also decided to enter JudoScotland's coaching pathway (currently a UKCC Level 1 qualified Coach who has signed up for UKCC Level 2 course later this year), allowing him to stay involved in Judo and give something back to his Club. Click here to read more

If you would like to contribute to this project, please email