British Judo launches bespoke Heavyweight programme

British Judo is pleased to announce the launch of its Heavyweight Development Programme (HDP). As part of the 2020 Performance Pathway strategy, British Judo is establishing a programme to deliver a bespoke programme for heavyweight men and women.

The HDP will operate on a camp based programme at the British Judo Centre of Excellence with opportunities for players to experience world-class heavyweight training camps overseas which could include France, Georgia and Holland.

The HDP is focused on long-term development, where players would progress to move onto the World Class Performance Programme in the next 2-6 years.

James Thomas, Performance Pathway Senior Manager said:

“It’s clear from our recent research into the world best heavyweights that players in these weight categories need a bespoke training programme and environment. The HDP aims to create the ideal training environment for the physical and technical development of future heavyweight players. This is a really important part of our pathway strategy for the next 4-6 years taking us to the 2024 Games.”

Interested in being part of the Heavyweight Development Programme?

We are looking for:

1-Male & Female players;

2-Existing BJA players aged 16 – 25 years;

3-Currently within the heavyweight categories (100kg+ for men, 78kg+ for women);

4-or 16-19 year old men 95kg+ and 16-19 year old women 75kg+;

5- Players who are committed to their development and who are able to commit to 7-8 four day camps over the next 9-12 months.

Ready to apply?


Send an expression of interest via email to by Friday 9th October 2015.

Please include the following information:



Current weight & competition weight category;


Last competition;