The Judo Academy brought together clubs from Carrickfergus, Glengormley, Glenavy and Lisburn to take part in a ‘randori’ festival in Northern Ireland.
96 children travelled to the event with all judoka having at least three ‘randori’ practice. Every participant received the same award which was enhanced by contributions from BJA merchandise team, and from local businesses and suppliers.
The idea was to give the children as much mat time as possible, and to relieve the burden of the winning and losing element. It is part of a train of thought to give players the freedom to express themselves with their techniques without the fear of failure, losing the contest, or being thrown.
In consultation with parents, coaches and professionals in coaching; this philosophy has been taken forward to encourage players to look at long-term athlete development; judo as a late specialisation sport; and as a sport for life.
It is hoped that these trial events can go a long way in promoting longevity in participation, and add value to performance pathway in Northern Ireland.
We were also lucky enough to have a visit from one of the Olympic Torch bearers. Each participant, family member and volunteer had an opportunity to be photographed with and be part of the Olympic ideal.
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