British Schools Championship Reach New Heights

Last weekend saw over 700 pupils head to Sheffield to battle it out to be crowned British Schools Champion 2024.

The championships, which act as a pathway through to events like the British Championships, saw its highest entry for a number of years – testament to the hard work and dedication of coaches and clubs.

The championships saw many new faces on the tatami as well as the coaching chair with a wave of young coaches making their Championship debuts, using the event as part of their ongoing development.

The EIS Sheffield was a complete sell-out for both days adding to the positive environment for the judoka to perform at their best.

75 British School Champions were crowned and the overall result saw three schools finish in joint first place in the overall medal table. Harlow College, St Leonards and Lady Manners School had to be separated on the number of individual fights won to find our overall winning school.

Harlow College were crowned British Schools winning school with a total of nine winning contests, closely followed by St Leonards, who won a total of eight. Lady Manners School finished 3rd with a total of five contest wins.

It was also a fantastic weekend for our young referees and technical officials, who were supported by their peers. In total, there were thirteen young referees and thirteen young technical officials on the mats over the weekend.

The British Schools Championships has been a great development championship for not only developing the next generation of judoka but also referees, officials and coaches.

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The Championships also crown the best Adaptive and Visually Impaired school-age judoka, and new for 2024 there was an Adaptive Kata competition which featured a demonstration from adaptive judoka Izzie and Braydon who later went on to lead a group of judoka through the katas.

In addition to crowning our British Schools champions, there are also awards for our officials.

The Ken Webber Trophy for the Outstanding Junior Referee at the British Schools Championships 2024, was presented to Kaitlin Chapple-Allen.

The Jerry Hicks Trophy for the Outstanding Young Technical Official at the British Schools Championships 2024, was awarded to Dinari Dawkins.

The Malcolm Collins Trophy For Outstanding Services to Adaptive Judo was awarded to Andy Scott.

The Sam Haycock Award for Adaptive Player of the Year, was awarded to Ailana Lewis.

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