Sami Smithson

Sami Smithson will be leaving the British Judo Association where she held the position as Head of Inclusion, Wellbeing and Safeguarding for the last 2 years, beginning the role on a part-time basis and moving into her next challenge as Chairperson of Accrington Stanley Women’s Football Club.

During her tenure Sami was heavily involved in all areas of inclusion, wellbeing and safeguarding and was instrumental in creating the Female Fighters Festival that was recently organised by the British Judo Association.

If you have any current concerns regarding Safeguarding please email For wellbeing or inclusion matters please contact

Sami leaves with immediate effect allowing her time to prepare for her new and exciting role. British Judo would like to wish Sami all the very best in her next chapter.

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