Judo Partnership Kicks Off In IAC
Since the turn of the year, The British Judo Association (BJA), Sport England and British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), have joined together to create new and effective ways for our students to participate in Judo.
Recent government initiatives have suggested that there is a problem with student sporting participation figures in England: statistics reveal that less than a third of the 3.2 million full-time Further and Higher Education students are currently meeting the Sport England benchmark standard of doing sport three times a week, for at least 30 minutes per session.
Brunel’s new Active Universities scheme has been designed specifically to address this issue and its main aim is to help improve student participation levels over the coming years.
By forging partnerships like with the likes of the BJA, we hope we will be able to improve student participation, and to help achieve Sport England’s target to get 300,000 students from across the UK doing more sport by 2012/13 — a significant contribution to the Nation’s overall one million target.
British Judo are doing their part by committing to providing university students with specialised judo and self defence courses, available to all students who are signed up with Brunel’s Active University scheme.
In addition, the British Judo Association believes that, by working with Brunel and with the diverse university sector, participation in the sport of Judo will increase significantly.
London Universities Senior Open Championships this November
Following on from a successful London Universities Senior Open Championships held on campus in February, the London Regional Development Officer (University and College Judo) Luke Farrugia has organised a similar event set for Saturday 26 November 2011.
Mr Farrugia commented that the Championships is a fundamental retention tool in supporting its Higher Education campaign, and Brunel Sport is pleased that our venue will be used for the event once again. With six fighting categories and a 250 participant limit, the tournament promises to be a large scale, novice-to-international spectacle.
However, the weekend’s judoka display does not finish on the Saturday: Sunday’s schedule will showcase London’s best aspiring youth players, looking for an opportunity to qualify for London’s Youth Games. This is a development event for London Borough Clubs, designed to lead into the London Youth Games structure. Participants are eligible to compete in the tournament assuming they are all considered novices in the sport, and aged between 8 and 16 years. It is also necessary that they live or go to school in the London Boroughs. National medallists are not permitted to enter the competition.
It is hoped that these events can help unearth some of the future players within the sport, and Brunel is delighted that our new Judo partnership can support both the elite and the wider participation bases in the future.