New Partnership Gets Girls into Judo

16 September 2014

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Youth Scotland in partnership with Scottish Sports Futures programme Active East and JudoScotland have organised a girls' only judo pilot taking place at the G31 Centre South Camlachie. This initiative has attracted 15 girls from across the east of Glasgow and aims to encourage more girls and young women into a new sport, as well as better understanding why physical activity participation levels are lower in young women. After this pilot a local girls' only judo club will be established, supported by JudoScotland, Glasgow Life and Active East.

Within the pilot there is also a focus on volunteering, and roles have been snapped up by female Active East Active Champions for the upcoming Glasgow European Open which will take place at the Emirates Arena on Sat 4th October.

Local young people who have participated in this pilot programme and their families will be able to access the event for free and there will be an opportunity to see Commonwealth Games medal winning athletes compete as well as take part in 'come & try' judo session. For more information on this contact David Millar on 07738 846 527, davidmillar@judoscotland.com.

Youth Scotland's Youth Active Manager Rebecca Simpson said: "Youth Scotland works hard to help improve physical activity levels for girls and young women and we are delighted to be involved with this partnership with Active East and Judo Scotland. By providing this pilot programme we hope to inspire young women to pick up a new sport, make new friends, gain new leadership skills and get more physically active."

Stephen Somerville of JudoScotland said "Glasgow 2014 was a very special time for our sport, with 13 out of a possible 14 medals being won. Now that this event is part of sporting history, the team at JudoScotland is fully focused and understands the role it now plays, post Commonwealth Games. We have a very clear vision of how we would like to maximise the opportunities that have now arisen thanks to the impact of this great event."

"Working with Youth Scotland and Active East has helped us understand fundamental areas of this particular project, allowing us to appropriately present judo to the female audience. This project is the first of its kind for judo and we are delighted that young females are not only showing interest in our sport and our female only judo club, but also the bigger events, such as the upcoming Glasgow European Open."

Active East Programme Manager Kirsty Partridge said: "Working in partnership is essential to providing opportunities for young people to participate in physical activity and the pathways for them to progress. We are really delighted to be working again with Youth Scotland and for the first time with JudoScotland for this exciting new programme. We always want to look at how projects will progress and this had a clear plan from the outset. We are committed to providing a legacy in the east end and are so enthused and excited about how this is developing".

Notes for Editors:

  • Youth Scotland is the network of youth clubs and groups across Scotland. It is the largest non-uniformed youth organisation in Scotland and delivers quality youth work programmes, information, resources, training and support to community based youth work.
  • JudoScotland is the sportscotland recognised governing body for the Olympic sport of judo within Scotland. JudoScotland represents Scottish judoka (judo players), coaches, officials, clubs and our national squad.
  • Active East is funded by The Robertson Trust, Big Lottery and Sport Relief and is managed by Scottish Sports Futures. Active East is funded for 5 years with the aim of providing a legacy in the east of Glasgow following the 2014 Commonwealth Games