Barnstaple Judo club kicks off annual training course thanks to council funding

Posted on: 29 January 2019

A judo club based in Barnstaple has been awarded two council grants to enable them to hold a ‘Super Saturday’ summer course.

Barnstaple Judo club received £100 from North Devon Councillors Joy Cann and Dick Jones who contributed £50 each from their Community Grant funds. The club was also awarded £834 from the Communities Together Fund (CTF), North Devon Council worked with Devon County Council to provide this funding.

The money will fund a special randori course on 13 July at Barnstaple Leisure Centre where judokas from all over the country can sign up to train with Olympian Sophie Cox.

Executive Member for leisure and culture at North Devon Council, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “The council is proud that every year our community councillor grants and the CTF fund both help to support local clubs and organisations that benefit the people and environment of the North Devon Council area. They enable valuable community work that is already being done to continue and also to ‘kick start’ exciting new projects like this one.”

Councillor Joy Cann says: “I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to help Barnstaple Judo Club get their Super Saturday course off the ground and help give them an amazing opportunity to train with an Olympic standard coach. I wish them every success for their future.”

Neil Roode 6th Dan at Barnstaple Judo Club says, “The funding was absolutely vital for us to be able to bring in to our area a talent such as double Olympian Sophie Cox; this is a huge benefit to our judoka communities. To have the opportunity to train with her, where she can pass on her knowledge and expertise through randori (sparring). She’s lots of fun and continues to inspire the next generations! As a club we simply don’t have “funds” we only make enough to pay the rent, but now we get to have the elite come to Devon and we could not be more grateful to our council.”

Devon County Council Leader, Councillor John Hart, says: “This is great news for the judo club and for people in the local community. The County Council is pleased to support projects that help improve people’s health and wellbeing and that encourage people’s involvement with their community.”

Through the Community Councillor Grant Scheme each North Devon councillor has £1,000 to support projects and services run by community or voluntary groups and not for profit organisations each year. Youth clubs, toddler groups, sports clubs, museums, village halls and environmental groups have all benefited from grants in the past.

For further details about community grants and support available
from the council or to make an application visit www.northdevon.gov.uk/grants. The office can also be contacted on 01271 388327.

For further information regarding Barnstaple Judo Club, please visit their website or send them an email .

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