British Judo, in collaboration with highly experienced Competition Controllers and Referees across the country, would like to help our membership to refine their knowledge ahead of a potential “return” to events in 2021.

The online courses consist of three modules each and is open to all corners of the Association whether you are an athlete, coach or volunteer.

Technical Officials

British Judo in collaboration with highly experienced Competition Controllers from around the country, would like to help the membership to refresh their confidence, ability, and skills for technical officiating roles in preparation for a competition return which we hope will be later this year.

It may seem that competition in the form that we all know and love is still some considerable time away right now, but British Judo would like to help refresh officials minds on the fundamentals, whilst at the same time covering some subtle changes that have been implemented and documented in the 2020 update of resource materials.

The full documentation package has been revised to bring British Judo up to date with current practices, and to explain some of these changes we have very experienced Competition Controllers offering their expertise. The refresher modules will cover many of the basics, however, more pressing questions on the same subjects may be asked for clarification at the end of the presentations.

The three modules will be held on the following dates:

19th April 2021
17th May 2021
21st June 2021

Contest Rules

The theme of examining each criterion with current IJF guidelines as the basis will as it did before give participants the knowledge to interpret decisions within the current rule set to IJF standards. The refresher modules will be suitable for competitive athletes, competitive coaches, referees, technical officials and anyone else interested.

British Judo are becoming more optimistic about a return to competition later this year and would like to help refresh the minds of the membership on the fundamental principles of contest decision making. It is envisaged that all participants would benefit from these modules in some way, it is also hoped that attendees will acquire subtle contest management tips that may help them understand very tight matches more clearly.

Contest Rules are under continual review by the IJF in an effort to make our sport more dynamic, attractive, and enjoyable to more people. However, if any of us have difficulty understanding the current interpretations, it has quite the opposite effect as we don’t understand the results, so refreshers are highly recommended. The refresher modules will cover many of the changes in this Olympic period, and other pressing questions on the same subjects may be asked for clarification at the end of the presentations.

The three modules will be held on the following dates:

Monday 26th April
Monday 24th May
Monday 28th June

Coaching Awards CPD Revalidation

British Judo puts learning at the heart of its coach education programme and has put in place a system that encourages coaches to grow and develop their knowledge and skills.

In January 2013, a new system linked to continuous personal development opportunities for all levels of coach was launched, giving coaches more autonomy over their earning and development.

Coaches can now choose from a range of modules/subjects to plan and manage their relevant learning opportunities over an extended period.

British Judo are currently looking to give all coaches one-off extension to complete coach CPD where they need this for coach revalidation purposes. Details of extension will be published once finalised.

If you have any questions about your Coaching award, please contact coaching@britishjudo.org.uk

UK Coaching Virtual Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop

In response to the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in, UK Coaching has created a Virtual Classroom session out of their existing Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) face-to-face workshop.

They are implementing this with full support from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and recognise that this is an interim development borne out of difficult times.

Each two-hour UK Coaching Virtual Classroom is being facilitated exclusively by a team of UK Coaching-accredited tutors experienced in delivering safeguarding workshops.

The virtual classroom courses will be reviewed further once the date for the resumption of face to face courses is clearer

If you wish to discuss anything further, you can e-mail their workshop booking team on ukcoachingworkshops@ukcoaching.org

Virtual First Aid Workshops

In response to the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in British Judo will until further notice accept online First Aid courses for revalidation of Coach Awards.

Our friends at “Lifeline Training” have developed a “British Judo approved” virtual First Aid course designed for Coaches to renew their certificate. The course will cost just £25.00 per person with plenty of courses running throughout December 2020 and January 2021.

For more information and to book a space, please click here

UK Coaching Webinars

Webinars & Digital COP for coaches – click here  = one revalidation credit

  • Curious Coaches club – webinars on Mondays
  • Curious Coaches club – digital COPs on Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Time 2 Learn – webinars on Fridays

Coach Developer Digital learning

If you complete one of above courses, please send the course certificate, along with the attached Applied Learning Application to coaching@britishjudo.org.uk and your records will be updated with one revalidation credit.

Sport England Club Development Modules

Why not take some time to try some of the FREE online workshops provided by Sport England to assist volunteers and coaches with developing clubs. From ‘Financing your Club’ through to ‘Twitter Guidance’ hopefully there will be information and guidance useful to you.

Until further notice  British Judo are also offering coaches that complete these modules the recognition to register them against their CPD. 

Two completed online workshops, which typically last between 30-40 minutes each, will be counted as One revalidation module.

Important: Please ensure that you create a Clubmatters online account prior to completing workshops which will then enable you to download your certificate once complete.  Please send these, along with the attached ‘Applied Learning Application’ to coaching@britishjudo.org.uk and your records will be update with one revalidation credit.

UK Anti-Doping

UK Anti-Doping have recently launched a refreshed, updated version of the Accredited Advisor Assessment (Advisor Course). = One Revalidation Credit

The renamed course – Clean Sport Advisor – is live and available on the UKAD Learning Zone.

The purpose of the course remains the same; to enable people to confidently support and advise athletes and athlete support personnel (ASP) on their anti-doping responsibilities. However, it is important to us to continually improve and update our education resources, and after an internal and external review of the Advisor Course we have made improvements to the structure and learning experience. The course is now split into four core modules with a summary module – which all end with an assessment. It remains free of charge.

Click here for more information

Introducing Reactivate – A New, Free Training Platform for Coaches and Volunteers

As we move out of lockdown and towards a return to grassroots and community sport and physical activity, we wanted to let you know about a new, free, digital training platform designed to equip anyone working or volunteering in sport and physical activity in England with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently restart.

ReActivate has been funded by Sport England, commissioned by CIMSPA and delivered by a consortium of partners with extensive experience in online training in the physical activity sector, led by Future Active Workforce CIC.

It will provide online, customisable training content – covering areas including risk management, social distancing, cleaning and use of equipment; along with refresher training and Covid-specific procedures. It will bring government and industry guidance to life in an easily digestible format and will generate a CIMSPA ‘Covid Awareness Training’ certificate on completion, giving anyone who needs it the ability to return with confidence to their sport and physical activity roles.

ReActivate has been designed with everyone in mind – those running fitness and leisure  facilities, professional coaches and trainers, grassroots and community volunteers.

The platform goes live on 16 July and will be free to use for 12 months for anyone working or volunteering in the sport and physical activity sector in England.

Click here to access the tool

Click here for more information

Working Online Safely

Mobile devices, social networking sites and the internet are great tools to help organisations and groups engage with children and young people.

However, if used inappropriately, they can also pose potential safeguarding risks and this may lead to abuse, both online and offline.

British Judo have noticed a number of coaches utilising the likes of Zoom and Skype to lead workouts and now gradings, which is fantastic to see, but it is important that the tools are used safely and securely. As a result, we have put together a range of advice and tips to carry out these sessions safely.

You can also download the following document as a PDF for future use: