This page brings together support and a range of resources we have on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), as well as wellbeing and mental health’; providing a central info hub for our members, clubs, staff and beyond.

British Judo provide opportunities for all participants to be fully inclusive.  BJA Inclusion, in addition to supporting all minority groups, has the remit to promote judo for all players that through statement cognitive disorder and or physiological type or infirmity, cannot aspire to the highest levels of the mainstream pathway.

Inspiring Stories

Inspiring Stories


The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. By 2016 the commemorations had taken place in over 130 countries.

Being allies with those in the BJA LGBTQ+ community

The theme for the 2024 edition of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) is “No one left behind: equality, freedom and justice for all”, ILGA World announced today on behalf of the IDAHOBIT Working Group and Executive Committee.

Decided during extensive consultations with LGBTIQ organisations from across the world, the theme will allow for advocacy and celebrations in many forms – be it from human rights defenders, LGBTIQ civil society groups, millions of people in our communities, and our allies.

The world has just celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — a document that is much more than a cornerstone of international law: it is a guide to navigate a deeply divided world, a set of values that everyone can live by, and ultimately a force for good. And yet, we know that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” represents a promise not yet fulfilled — for LGBTIQ people across the world, and for everyone experiencing the suffocating impact on their lives of diverse layers of inequalities. This year’s IDAHOBIT theme is a call for unity: only through solidarity for each other will we create a world without injustice, where no one is left behind.

World Autism Acceptance Week 2024

Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month, beginning with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. This year marks the 17th annual World Autism Awareness Day.

Throughout the month, we focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism and fostering worldwide support. This year, we are committed to acting fearlessly for change. To help create a world in which autistic individuals are fully supported, championed and celebrated, we must all work together to achieve true acceptance.

We extend an invitation to all who share our vision to join us on our journey toward a brighter, more inclusive future.

Supporters can participate in World Autism Month in a variety of ways:

  • Pledge your support to act fearlessly for change for a more accepting and inclusive world for people with autism.
  • Show your support with your gift. It’s one of the easiest and best ways to support our work and create a more inclusive world. Donate today!
  • Ask others to join you – engage in a Facebook Fundraiser to give people with autism the opportunity to live their best lives and reach their full potential.
  • Advocate fearlessly for change. Your voice matters. Show your support for the latest autism legislation and receive the latest updates in autism policies and efforts.
  • Wear your support with

World Autism Awareness Day | Autism Speaks

CAMPBELL’S STORY  – European Judo Union (

What is buddle:

Whether you’re an established organisation or just starting out, we’ve got some great advice for you. Maybe you need the perfect venue. Or more volunteers. Just dive in…

Buddle’s benefits

Our resources can:

  • provide you with current, trusted, information, advice, and guidance to help with all aspects of developing, running, and growing a club or organisation
  • equip you with the tools and guidance you need to help your club or organisation become more inclusive and resilient
  • answer any questions you may have and help you respond to any issues you may face
  • give you access to training and development opportunities to improve and develop your skills, knowledge, and confidence
  • keep you up to date with relevant news and developments from across the sector
  • signpost you to further support from other trusted sector experts.

Ethnically diverse communities

Ethnically diverse communities | Buddle

Insight and guidance for organisations to become more inclusive to ethnically diverse communities, including top tips, barriers to look out for and where to go for professional training

Kick it Out 2024 EDI Calendar

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group

The British Judo Association launched its Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Steering Group (now called the D&I Advisory Group) in October 2020 and recruited six exceptional members of the British Judo community to help improve and shape inclusion within our sport.

Chaired by Board member Paul Ajala and supported by the BJA’s Head of Inclusion, Safeguarding & Wellbeing- HISW (Andrew Bowly), the steering group focusses on; raising awareness, developing training opportunities for the judo community, and developing action plan to support British Judo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Several smaller support and focus groups have also been formed targeting areas such as LGBT+, women & girls’ recruitment and retention, adaptive judo and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). These sub-groups are led by members of the steering group and welcome members of the wider judo community to be included in shaping the future as well as receiving support should they need it.

In addition, the BJA has developed a D&I Steering Group (comprised of Senior Leadership Team and chaired by Andrew Bowly, HISW). The group oversees the DIAP Revised Code for Sports Governance published | Sport England (Diversity Inclusion Action Plan) and Moving to Inclusion Home – Moving to Inclusion requirements for BJA.

Within this Golden Thread, the workforce (clubs, members & volunteers) is at the focus of the DIAP, ‘driving change through the Inclusive Eco System)

The arrows indicate a ‘bottom (members/clubs) to up (board)’ led model of making the BJA more inclusive.

D&I Steering Group TOR & Membership:

Main Aims

To provide advice, guidance, and recommendations to the Board on all equality matters and lead on the development and delivery of the BJA’s Equality/Diversity Action Plan, DIAP and Moving to Inclusion.

Terms of Reference

  1. Provide advice and support on the Equality Action Plan and DIAP, and the likely impact it may have on specific underrepresented groups and stakeholders under the BJA’s jurisdiction.
  2. Review performance and equality data to proactively deliver equal opportunities in all areas of the BJA’s work including playing, coaching, refereeing and administration.
  3. Advise on specific interventions to increase participation by the whole community to address gaps in provision and grow Judo as a whole.
  4. Ensure that the work of the BJA is addressing the needs of all of its communities and stakeholders.
  5. Ensure that the BJA is operating in a fair and accountable way with regards to equality.
  6. Be a vehicle for increase representation of traditionally underrepresented groups.
  7. Monitor and review the impact of BJA’s work as a whole in relation to equality.

Act as an ambassador for Judo and help promote inclusion within Judo across the UK


Chair: Andrew Bowly HISW

  • Maddie Thompson (Club Support Team)
  • Joyce Heron  (Technical & Education Team)
  • Lynn Madeley  (M&C Team)
  • Tim Ellis (Performance Pathway & Elite Team)
  • Natasha Maslen  (Events Team)
  • Karen Roberts  (Development Team Director)

Eco System in action for BJA DIAP:

The arrows indicate a ‘bottom (members/clubs) to up (board)’ led model.

Steering Group as the driver for the Golden Thread by acting as the conduit between operational and strategic application our DIAP.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

At British Judo, we aim to promote a sustainable membership programme where all people have the best opportunity to have Positive Mental Health and wellbeing.

Positive mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual is able to realise their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can perform productively, and is able to contribute to their community.

We also aim to ensure there is appropriate support for those experiencing Mental Health Problems.

A Mental Health Problem is a pattern of behaviour, experiences, thoughts and feelings that causes significant distress and/or impairment of daily functioning and/or difficulties in relationships with others.

Such distress or impairments are most likely to be experienced over a period of time and are not easily alleviated by an individual’s typical coping strategies.

We support our colleagues in Mental Health 1st Aid England who state: MHFA England launches new Mental Health First Aid course  · MHFA England

Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders®) are crucial to helping boost employee wellbeing as we adjust to a profoundly changed workplace environment. But while MHFAiders® work to support others, they need support, too.

At MHFA England, providing support, building confidence and growing a community to drive change is crucial to us. It isn’t a footnote or a half-hearted line in the small print. We’ve spent 15 years generating conversation around workplace mental health, and we understand that being an effective MHFAider® requires learning and support beyond training.

That’s why we offer ongoing support to help MHFAiders® feel confident and empowered – long after they’ve completed their training course. 

 We would encourage clubs to look at funding some one (could be a CWO) to be your MH&W champion and complete a MH 1st Aid Course.

For details: contact MH 1st Aid England

Contact · MHFA England

Please let the safeguarding team at BJA know if you do get someone trained in your club

Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK is a chance for organisations to step up and show their support. Led by the Mental Health Foundation, this annual campaign is all about breaking stigma and fostering well-being in the workplace. Let’s join forces, host events, and share resources to create a more supportive environment for everyone.

Download the Guide to Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

In the UK, Mental Health Awareness Week is scheduled for 13th to 19th May 2024.

For Mental Health Awareness Week 2024,  INEQE Safeguarding Group have compiled our best resources on mental health, along with some top tips for talking to young people about mental health.

Use the link to access the resources

What is Spot. Support. Signpost?

It aims to help anyone (from volunteers through to senior leaders) to:

  • Spot the signs someone may be struggling.
  • Support them (if you feel able to do so).
  • Signpost them to help and services.

It doesn’t make you a mental health expert. But Spot. Support. Signpost. provides small, everyday actions that can make a big difference.

What is support is available?

Our webpage provides guidance on how physical activity deliverers can Spot. Support. Signpost.


And, we’ve worked with people with mental health problems and physical activity deliverers (e.g. coaches, instructors, professionals) to create a library of free Spot. Support. Signpost. assets. This includes:

Many of these assets are editable, so the content can be transferred into your own branding (access and download editable assets).

And we’re running a webinar to run through this guidance and the assets available on 6 March 11:30-12:30. Click here to book your place.

What support do we need?

We would love your help to ensure as many people working and volunteering in sport and physical activity are aware of Spot. Support. Signpost.

We’ve developed a Partner Pack to help with this. The pack (attached and saved online here) includes newsletter, email and website content, social media posts and images.

If you need anything else or have upcoming opportunities to promote Spot. Support. Signpost. please let us know.

And whilst we’ve got you…

Did you know we recently updated the Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity eLearning course? We’ve added new content, made it more accessible and reduced the price to just £10.

To stay up to date with all things mental health and physical activity related, why not sign up to our monthly newsletter. Sign up here.

Members mental health & wellbeing support 

BJA have been provided for all our members (aged 18+ only, ) complimentary access to Remi, Inside Out AI mental health coach for 6 months. During this time, users will be able to take advantage of all of Remi’s features and the journaling tools in the InsideOut App. We truly believe everyone should have access to timely care, and we hope this gesture reinforces Inside Out mission and compliments BJA Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy.

To get started immediately, as a member can sign-up here using this link that has been created. The link will enable them to download the InsideOut App. To note, members must use this link to download the App as this will grant them a subscription. If they try to download the App from the App Stores, they will get a notification to say they do not have a valid subscription and will be unable to use Remi and the self-help tools.

VR Landing Page – InsideOut (

“Exploring self-care: Looking after your own mental wellbeing” webinar January 2024 by mind

Please see resources for your wellbeing

Please find attached and links below:

There are a couple of ways you can stay in touch with the work we’re doing in the Physical Activity Team and hear about future events/webinars:

Follow us on LinkedIn: #SportMinds

Download ‘iHasco’s Wellbeing Guide’

This document is packed with ideas, book suggestions, practises and things you can watch and listen to, to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Download InsideOut – Caring for your Mentail Health: A Festive guide

Guidance for Coaches & Clubs on Ramadan

If you just need to talk, any time of day or night there are free listening, confidential services available. The services have trained volunteers who are there to talk about anything that’s troubling you.


Shout Crisis Text Line

  • Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 (or YM) if you’re under 19

Childline (Under 19)

  • Call 0800 1111 to talk – The number will not appear on your phone bill

Inclusive Employers Resources

‘Talking inclusion with…’ Podcasts

‘Talking inclusion with…’ are podcasts about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, by Inclusion Employers. Join hosts, BBC Radio’s Stephanie Hirst and Inclusive Employers’ Senior Consultant Steven Copsey, as they meet a wide variety of guests with fascinating stories of inclusion, diversity and belonging.

Listen to all the Inclusive Employers’ Podcasts here

Online Events & Webinars

Learn how to identify opportunities to connect with a more diverse audience, identify key stakeholders and form meaningful relationships and gain top tips for encouraging feedback from disengaged groups.

Visit the Inclusive Employers online events page to view all the upcoming National Inclusion Week events and webinars