Coaching Conference 2020 – Set to be bigger and better than before.

Following on from our inaugural event last year, the NIJF are delighted to announce that our Annual Coaching Conference will be held on Sunday 26th January 2020 at Riddel Hall, Belfast. We have Olympic and Commonwealth Silver Medallist – Gemma Gibbons-Burton attending as our special guest along with other great speakers on the day. The…

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2020 Northern Ireland Open Gets some great added extras already!

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make the 2020 Northern Ireland Open bigger and better than before… Check out these great added extras if you are thinking of coming to this Premier Event.   50% saving on the City of Derry Airport Lounge: Fly home in comfort and style with our Sponsors and…

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Volunteer thank you event a BIG success

  On the 17th November over 25 Volunteers from the Northern Ireland Judo Federation headed into Glenariff Forest Park for a Volunteer ‘Thank You’ Day. The event which finished with a bumper prize draw (kindly sponsored by Flahavans, Movie House Cinemas, Boyles Spar and Cimac) in the Laragh Lodge, was put into place by the…

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NIJF leads the way in Adaptive Judo

As part of the Northern Ireland Judo Federation’s drive to welcome everyone onto the mats, on the 10th of November at Maghaberry Community Centre, an Inclusive Coaching training session was held. Comprising of a classroom training environment and then practical application, 14 coaches we taken through the best practice approach to Inclusive Coaching via a…

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The Federation is winning off the mat at the BJA Annual Awards night.

Last weekend a gala dinner was held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Nottingham, bringing together the recognised contributors to Judo from across all areas for the Annual British Judo Association Awards. Ranging from Referees to Performance Clubs, there were thirteen categories of which the NIJF were nominated in two. Danny Nolan was nominated as Community…

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Big weekend for Northern Ireland Judo!

With the Shori Open taking place in the Foyle Arena and the Tipperary Friendship Games also being staged it was a big weekend of competitive Judo for the Northern Ireland Judo Federation members. With over 160 competitors from 8 years old to Master’s and 3 mats going for the full day, the Shori event was…

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Northern Ireland take a medal haul at the Commonwealth Judo Championships

Taking place over 5 days, Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th September in Walsall, England the Commonwealth Judo Championships brought together Judo players from over 20 countries, with 1000 competitors all vying for the title of Commonwealth Judo Champion. A contingent of 41 players from Northern Ireland made the journey across the water to the University…

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Your chance to help us shape the future of our sport with your feedback

Calling all of our members… We’d greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete this 2-minute survey in the link below about support provided to you in judo. The survey is entirely anonymous and will remain open until December 6th. NI Judo Sport Survey https://thesportcensus.co.uk/survey/?c=N1JF86TP You might require a code – if you do, the…

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Parents in Sport Week

This year’s aim is to get parents to make the Sports Parents Promise to encourage their child’s safe enjoyment of sport. The Promise outlines what makes a great sports parent. What do we need from parents? The NIJF is asking parents to sign up and make the promise to their child by the end of…

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Big medal haul at the British Adaptive and VI Open Championships!

On Saturday 17th August, Judo players from iCan Judo club along with Michael McMillan from UUC Judo club (both under the banner of the Northern Ireland Judo Federation Adaptive Team) went to Wales to compete in the British Adaptive and VI Open Championships. The players fought across different age groups and still must make weight…

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2020 Event Dates Announced!

The Northern Ireland Judo Federation are pleased to announce the dates for events taking place in 2020, starting with the inaugural and much anticipated N I Judo Adaptive Championships on Sunday 16th February 2020 at the Foyle Arena, Derry/Londonderry. Other events as follows; N I Minors Closed Championships – Sunday 16th February – Foyle Arena…

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Get fit for life, not just for summer!

The Northern Ireland Judo Federation is inviting you to get on the mat and try Judo at one of our participating clubs, to see the difference it can make to you! We believe health and well-being is something that should be looked after all year round, so with summer ending, now is the perfect time…

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Opportunity to join the team

Would you like to expand on your learning and become our Anti-Doping educator? Are you confident with group presentations and conveying key messages? If you would and you are, then the NIJF is seeking a volunteer to undertake the delivery of our Anti-Doping strategy to our membership and it could be you! The role will…

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Save this Summer with your NIJF licence!

Maybe you’re taking a bit of time away from the mats over the summer and spending time with your family and friends? Well, don’t worry about missing out as your licence opens more than just the doors to the Dojo as we have some great benefits for you to enjoy as part of the Federation!…

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A fantastic day at the N.I. Schools Championships

We just wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone involved in the event from the start to the finish. From our Sponsors – The South Eastern Regional College, to the parents, officials, volunteers and coaches and of course the players that stepped on to the mat. The event ran very well and we…

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This Weekend! The N.I. Schools Championships

The elite young Judoka of Northern Ireland will be descending on the Lisburn Leisureplex this weekend to compete for the title of N.I. Schools Champion! Over 220 competitors from around the province will be taking part, with contests over 3 mats the action is set to be non-stop! The event which is kindly sponsored by…

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A weekend of female throws and holds!

On the 15th and 16th June, former Olympian Chloe Cowan-Vickers delivered two Judo sessions to new recruits in L’Derry and Belfast in a bid to get more females into Judo. Over 30 participants took part ranging from 8 years old to mid-40’s. After taking the new recruits through the initial warm up, the future Judoka…

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Judo plays a part in the Mary Peter’s Trust Gala Event

On the 31st May the Northern Ireland Judo Federation was represented at the Mary Peter’s Trust Gala Dinner which was a dual celebration of Lady Mary’s 80th birthday and also a fund raising event in the “Race to a Million”. A pre-dinner procession took place in the Titanic Belfast building, which honoured the sports involved…

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The N.I. Schools Championship is shaping up to be a great event!

Entry closed a week early due to demand for the competition, and now the event which takes place on the 23rd June in the Lisburn Leisureplex will see over 220 of Northern Ireland’s young Judoka take to the mat to be in with a chance of being crowned Champion 2019. The event which is sponsored…

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Sport NI are looking for your Judo Sportmaker!

The Sportmaker awards are now open for nominations and we’re looking for NIJF members to nominate who they think deserves a Sportmaker award! With various award categories available ranging from coaching, officials to volunteers to even a project of the year there is something for everyone involved in sport! If you feel that someone has…

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10 Coaches make the grade!

Our candidates for the level 1 coaching qualification in Judo undertook their examination on the 2nd of June after weeks of study in their clubs and completing an intensive course pack. The level 1 candidates started their journey into coaching with an induction weekend on the 13th and 14th of April. Then under the watchful…

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Lady Mary makes the presentations at the Simply Judo Active Schools event

On Sunday 25th May, over 120 children from 17 clubs across the Northern Ireland Judo Federation attended the Active School Educational and Adaptive event hosted by Simply Judo at the Lisburn Leisureplex. This was the culmination of the work that Simply Judo have been doing in local schools since September 2018. From this date last…

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Michael overcomes the odds to be a 1st Dan

Michael McMillan from the Ulster University Judo Club is currently celebrating becoming a 1st Dan black belt in Judo, after a recent Northern Ireland Judo promotion examination (grading) event held in Campbell College, Belfast. Not only is this a fantastic achievement in itself, but Michael has overcome a lot of personal adversity with illness to…

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Simply Judo leads the way in wellbeing courses

On the 21st May a wellbeing event was held in the Maghaberry Hub of Simply Judo to help their parents, players and coaches understand the far-reaching benefits of being involved in a sport and the affects mental health awareness can have, both in the Dojo and out. The session was completely free to the club…

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The N.I. Judo Schools Championship is set to be bigger and better in 2019

The N.I. Judo Schools Championship takes place on the 23rd June in the Lisburn Leisureplex and this year we are delighted to announce that we have the support of the South Eastern Regional College (SERC) as the event sponsor. The competition welcomes over 200 male and female young Judo players from across Northern Ireland, ranging…

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The 2019 Northern Ireland Open – hailed as “the best one yet!”

Last weekend in the Foyle Arena, the Northern Ireland Judo Open took place, welcoming over 550 entries from across Ireland, Great Britain and beyond to compete on the mat. The event which this year was sponsored by the City of Derry Airport is the Northern Ireland Judo Federation’s flagship event and with entry for the…

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Former Olympian comes to Northern Ireland to coach new females!

Former Olympian Chloe Cowen-Vickers will be leading female judo classes to aspiring females who want to try Judo, in two venues in Northern Ireland. The best thing is, it’s FREE! These taster sessions will be held on the 15th June in the Foyle Arena and on the 16th June in the Grove Leisure Centre, both…

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N.I. Schools Championship comes back to the LeisurePlex in 2019

The Northern Ireland Schools Judo Championships comes back to the Leisureplex in Lisburn this June. Bringing together the young judoka from across Northern Ireland, the Schools Championship is a development event for competitors under the age of 18, with participants competing on the day to be crowned the Northern Ireland Schools Champion for their age…

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N.I. Closed “a great day of competition”

The Northern Ireland Closed Championships took place in the Foyle Arena on Sunday the 17th February and the feedback from the event has been excellent. Competitors from Juniors to Masters across all weight categories took part, with some fantastic judo on display from both the young and adult players. As well as judoka from across…

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Adaptive judo day hailed as a “great success”

Sunday 10th February was a successful day for the NI Judo Federation. Disability Sport NI awarded the NI Judo Federation with the Inclusive Sport Award. This is a governing body recognition award for showing commitment to Inclusion within the Sport. This was presented  to Bill Taggart (Chairman) by Disability Sport NI’s (CEO) Kevin O’Neill, at…

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NIJF stage first ever coaching conference

On Sunday 27th January the coaches, volunteers and staff from the NIJF convened in the Ulster University, Jordanstown for their first ever coaching conference. Bringing together a wealth of experience from the guest speakers, the conference focused on “well-being in Judo” and how to make the sport a place that has understanding for the health…

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2018 IJF Content Rule Changes

The new rules are being introduced following a planned review by the International Judo Federation of the significant rule changes made in 2017. The rules are intended to improve the dynamism of the sport and encourage wins by technical scores, rather than penalties, and address feedback from athletes, coaches, referees and others. Please click on…

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Sports Governance Guide for Northern Ireland

An online Sports Governance Guide for Northern Ireland, developed by a multi-agency working group, has been launched at an All Party Group on Sport and Recreation at Parliament Buildings on Thursday 9th November. The working group which developed the guide was led by NI Sports Forum and Sport Northern Ireland, is based on the Code…

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