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Membership Information - Technical Officials (All Levels)

BJA Technical Officials who do not step foot onto a judo mat do not need to pay BJA membership but still need to register with the BJA; in order to be included in the Officiating database, be insured to work at BJA competitions and have the opportunity to be invited to work at events across the country.  Anyone in this position can register for free volunteer membership.

There are no benefits associated with the Volunteer Membership; Volunteer members will not receive a quarterly issues of the Matside magazine.

Individuals, who are not judoka, but who are just starting out as Officials will be asked to complete a Volunteer Membership Form when sitting their Timekeeper paper. 

Transfers to Volunteer Membership

Current Officials, who would like to transfer their membership to volunteer status can do so by downloading a Volunteer Membership form.

Once completed this form will need to be returned to the BJA Volunteer Development Team, either by post or via email to volunteering@britishjudo.org.uk

Refunds on any membership costs already incurred are not possible, therefore we recommend doing this only when your current membership is due to expire.

Please note that any Official who participates in Judo either recreationally or competitively must still purchase BJA membership.  The Volunteer Membership will only insure individuals to Officiate at events not to step foot onto a judo mat.


This policy supersedes any previous requirements and will be implemented from the moment this information is circulated.

Change to CRB Requirements for Referees and Technical Officials

Keith Eldridge, the British Judo Association’s newly appointed Safeguarding Officer has advised that going forward we will no longer ask our Referees and Technical Officials to complete CRB checks.  Please see below for the reasoning behind this decision.

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 came into force in September 2012 and changed some of the requirements for CRB checks. As the result of these changes, there is no longer a requirement for Referees or Technical Officials to complete CRB checks unless they are an approved tutor of the British Judo Association’s Refereeing or Officiating Qualifications or are involved in another capacity at a club level.

In response to this change, CRB information will no longer be displayed on photo ID badges printed for Referees and Technical Officials.  After the removal of this information, photo ID badges now contain only the same information as the Record Card and as such will not be printed unless specifically requested and on receipt of a recent passport photograph.  The cost of having a photo ID badge will be set at ÂŁ2.50 and since these are not mandatory we would ask that Tournament Directors / Referees in-charge do not specifically ask to see these at events.

Should Referees in-charge or Tournament Directors wish to check up on the validity of the Referees / Technical Officials they are inviting to their events, this can be done using the member search tool on the BJA website.   Membership revalidation dates and Referees / Technical Officials grades can be viewed using this search tool.  If you don’t currently have access to this area of the website please contact Stefan Newbury to request access.

Please note there are no changes to the requirements for Coaches, Instructors and volunteers at club level to complete CRB checks

This policy supersedes any previous requirements and will be implemented from the moment this information is circulated.