Judo coaches, gather around! There’s an incredible opportunity knocking at your door—one that not only expands your coaching portfolio but also allows you to make a significant impact on individuals’ lives.
In collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire and Anglia Ruskin University, British Judo presents “Finding Your Feet,” a program designed to revolutionise how we approach falls among older adults.
Why is this needed?
By 2030, the global population aged 65 and above is estimated to reach a staggering one billion. Within the UK, falls among individuals over 65 result in an astonishing £4.6 million burden on the NHS each day. Statistics reveal that a third of people in this age group experience a fall annually, escalating to half among those over 80. It’s not just about the fall itself; it’s the fear it instils.
The fear of falling breeds a vicious cycle—avoidance of activity leading to muscle deterioration, a decline in balance, and subsequently an increased likelihood of falls. This fear isn’t merely physical; it spirals into isolation and loneliness, impacting mental and physical well-being. It’s a poignant reality: the fear of falling directly correlates with the likelihood of falling.
Enter judo—the solution lying within the core of our sport. The essence of judo involves mastering the art of falling safely, an integral skill ingrained in its practice. “Finding Your Feet” leverages this fundamental aspect of judo to not only teach safer falling techniques but also to eradicate the fear associated with falls. Imagine a 45-minute session where participants embrace controlled falls 20-30 times—a transformational journey from fear to confidence.
But this isn’t just about teaching falls; it’s about weaving a tapestry of belongingness and community. Engaging in a “Finding Your Feet” class offers more than physical training—it fosters a sense of camaraderie, combating the pangs of loneliness often felt by older individuals. It’s a gateway to a better quality of life—one where fear dissipates, and living life to the fullest becomes the norm.
Now, the pivotal piece to make this transformative program accessible lies in the hands of coaches like you. The benefits are boundless. For coaches seeking to expand their horizons beyond peak times, this presents a golden opportunity. It’s a chance to give back, to work with a new demographic, and to be at the forefront of a movement that champions a fuller, more confident life for our older generation.
“Finding Your Feet” isn’t merely about teaching judo; it’s about imparting resilience, confidence, and vitality. It’s about reshaping the narrative around falls and empowering individuals to embrace life without fear.
Join us in this journey—a journey where coaching transcends sport and becomes a beacon of hope and transformation in the lives of our older community members. Become an accredited “Finding Your Feet” coach and pave the way for a future where falling isn’t a fear but an opportunity to rise stronger.
Together, let’s empower, let’s transform, and let’s help everyone find their feet, and stand tall with confidence.