On Sunday 13 May 2018 Lions Judo held their Five Year Anniversary Event at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Wolverhampton.
The event started with a Masterclass with former British Champion and Olympian Kelly MacDonald, following this the Juniors took part in a interclub competition.
After the medals were presented by Kelly, a celebratory cake was cut. As a good will gesture Kelly was also presented with a medal.
The spectators enjoyed the hospitality that included food and a bouncy castle. There was also a collection made for the mental health charity Mind, this raised £115.00.
In 2018 Lions Judo facilitated a Women’s Personal Safety/Self Defence Course. The Course was led by Keith Merrick (BJA Regional Delivery Officer) and undertaken by 14 Women.
Also this year Lions Judo added a satellite club at the Jet Singh Trust MMA Centre, an organistion dedicated to improving well being and fund raising for charities.
To facilitate more members of the community being active and playing sport the Gurdwara based club Lions Judo was formed in 2013 after a successful award under the small grant programme from Sport England of £5,219.
This grant allowed the club to buy essential equipment including judo mats and suits.
Yearly the anniversary event has taken place with masterclasses from former and current British squad members Craig Fallon & Gavin Davies, Harkirat Sekhon, James Austin and Gemma Howell & Conor Murphy.
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Write up by Dr. Jagjit Singh Khera, Founder/Head Coach Lions Judo