WCPP UPDATE – Post Rio : Tokyo 2020 and Beyond

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – please ensure you read this  document.

This is a Pre-Games communication to clarify the WCPP following the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. A more in-depth communication will be published and shared in October 2016.


POST RIO 2016: Tokyo 2020 and  beyond

Since our communication in June 2014, we have remained focused on Rio 2016, but post Games, the programme continues as we head towards Tokyo 2020 and the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These programmes are fully up and running and our Tokyo Submission (four-year plan) has been provisionally accepted by UK Sport.

POST RIO 2016: Competition & Training

Post Rio, the WCPP programme will attend the following events in 2016:


  • 10 – 11 Sep         IJF Continental Open EST
  • 16 – 18 Sep         Junior European Championships
  • 23 – 25 Sep         IJF CRO Grand Prix
  • 15 – 16 Oct         IJF Continental Open GBR (Glasgow European Open)
  • 20 – 29 Oct         GB Cadet Futures Camp – Japan
  • 28 – 30 Oct         IJF UAE Grand Slam

GB ONST will take place:

  • 7 – 9 Oct              British Judo Centre of Excellence


Selections for the above events will be communicated in due course.


It will be expected that all athletes selected for the Glasgow European Open (including self-funding) will attend ONST on the 7 – 9 October.


All athletes on the WCPP will have the option to self-fund to any IJF Continental Open, Grand Prix and Grand Slam through to the end of 2016.


All GB Squad athletes have the option to self-fund to any IJF Continental Open and Grand Prix through to the end of 2016.


WCPP and GB Squad athletes must follow the Self-Funding Policy process and be approved by the Performance Team, before making any arrangements to attend any events on a self-funding basis.


NOTE : The 2017 GB Annual Plan and Self-Funding policies for the Tokyo cycle will be published by November 2016.


Athlete Performance Awards (APA)

All funded athletes at Podium and Podium Potential level currently have a contract running through to the 30 Nov 2016. In October and November, all funded athletes will be reviewed ahead of commencing the Tokyo cycle and athletes will be identified for funding by the 1 Dec 2016.


This will be based on:


  1. Trademark Development
  2. Performance Behaviours
  3. Future Potential
  4. Performances over the 2016 period against the published APA criteria (see image below)
Olympic Athlete Performance Award Matrix (funding levels subject to UK Sport funding)


Over the last eight months, British Judo has been working with UK Sport on its Tokyo Submission (four-year plan) and we have been offered the following number of funded places on the WCPP for the 2017-2021 cycle:


  • Olympic                             25 funded places
  • Paralympic                          7 funded places


Post Rio, as previously communicated, we will be moving to a fully centralised WCPP. The British Judo Centre of Excellence is the home of the GB World Class Performance Programme where ALL funded athletes, Podium and Podium Potential, Olympic and Paralympic, will be based during the Tokyo cycle.


Any athlete who is currently not based at the British Judo Centre of Excellence and is offered an APA from the 1 Dec 2016, will be expected to have relocated by the 6 Jan 2017 at the very latest. There will be no exceptions.


All athletes on the WCPP and Academy programme will be prioritised for training camps, competitions, coaching and sport science and sport medicine support. These athletes will be priority athletes that we invest in for Tokyo 2020 and/or the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The list of athletes identified for the WCPP from the 1 Dec 2016 to 30 November 2017, will be published by British Judo.


The WCPP will be made up of four programmes :


  • Tokyo Programme (Olympic and Paralympic)
  • Senior Programme
  • Junior Programme
  • Academy Programme


Athletes on the WCPP will follow one of the above programmes with the goal of moving up onto the Tokyo programme (and after Tokyo 2020, the goal will be shifted to the 2024 programme).


More details about each programme will be shared after Rio.


British Judo Centre of Excellence


The opening of the British Judo Centre of Excellence in 2013 has allowed the delivery of a centralised WCPP for all funded athletes. The initial stages saw all Podium Potential athletes relocate and become full-time athletes. This has enabled a level of support that has previously not been possible within Great Britain and we have already began to reap the rewards of the commitment shown by athletes and staff with some excellent performances during this period. Even more encouragingly, players are now actively seeking out opportunities to relocate to the British Judo Centre of Excellence to be part of the daily training environment.


As we move towards the next Olympic and Paralympic cycle, our focus turns to enabling medal winning performances at Tokyo 2020 – one of the most exciting Olympic and Paralympic Games in Judo’s history. We will also continue to strive towards establishing a world class performance pathway that will ensure continued success at the 2024 Games and beyond.


During the Tokyo cycle, the British Judo Centre of Excellence will continue to be:


1)      the National Training Centre for Great Britain – hosting all ONST camps, England squads and WCPP international training camps


2)      the home of the WCPP – housing all Performance staff, providing world class training facilities and cutting edge support services


3)      the domestic base and daily training environment for ALL Podium and Podium Potential funded athletes


BJA Performance Pathway


During the Rio cycle the British Judo vision has been to:


Establish an inspirational, GB-led British Judo Performance System from grass roots to the Olympic and Paralympic podiums’


This vision has been and will continue to be a ‘game changer’ for our sport.


British Judo Performance Pathway Structure


In order to consistently deliver medal winning performances at Olympic and Paralympic Games, we must have a system in place to give our talented players the very best opportunities to develop, progress and realise their potential.


To date, the work within the Performance Pathway has delivered the following:


1)      Home Nation alignment – a commitment from all four Home Nations to the British Judo Vision and Mission. We now move into the Tokyo cycle with all four Home Nations working together towards the same goal, a real first for the sport and, according to UK Sport, a model of good practice for other sports to learn from


2)      GB Cadet strategy – a new approach to improving the technical level of our cadet players through the implementation of the Ippon league and the GB Futures programme


3)      GB Academy – the evolution of the ‘G Programme’ into the ‘GB Academy’ as a focussed programme that aims to prepare Home Nation players for the demands of the WCPP


4)      Performance Pathway Centres (PPC’s) within England – Eight PPC’s that are delivering the AASE programme and weekly training opportunities


During the Tokyo cycle a number of exciting programmes will be launched including:


1)      Trademarks Framework – a guide to support coaches and players who are committed to progressing through the stages within the Performance Pathway


2)      Domestic Competitions – the introduction of a new competition programme that will aim to bring greater alignment to the IJF and EJU international competitions and raise the standard of competitive Judo in Great Britain


GB Academy


One of the stand out achievements of the programme over the last two years has been the ability to develop aspiring junior players who have not yet made the level to move onto the WCPP. With the successes of players including Lulu Piovesana, Chelsie Giles, Stuart McWatt and Eric Ham, the G Programme will evolve into the GB Academy to create an even greater focus on developing the environment for players to progress onto the WCPP.


During the Tokyo cycle, the GB Academy will become a key feature of the programme and will be based at the British Judo Centre of Excellence offering players two levels of support:


1)      Level 1 : A full-time centralised programme. Players are assigned a GB Performance coach who will design an IAP (Individual Athlete Plan) – annual training and competition programme with sport science and medicine support and will be provided with a comprehensive BOA medical insurance


2)      Level 2: A part-time centralised programme based around the work and/or education commitments of the player with an agreed minimum monthly commitment from the player. Players will access the same coaching and support services as level one


Places on the GB Academy are limited and based on future funding agreements with UK Sport.


To be considered for the GB Academy, players need to meet key identification criteria and must have their nomination endorsed by their respective Home Nation programme. Further details will be published after the Rio Games.


POST RIO 2016: Communication


Post Rio, we will provide a much more comprehensive communication about the WCPP going into the Tokyo cycle and 2020 and Beyond.


With best wishes,


The Performance Team.