In 2015 the Northern Ireland Judo Federation, with the support of Sport NI, commissioned a review of its current performance systems and operations. The aim of the project was to conduct a review and subsequently develop a Performance Strategy that identifies, nurtures and develops Judo players who have the ability to win medals at major championships.
The purpose of developing the strategy was to clarify the exact nature of NI Judo’s Performance goals and objectives for the period 2015-2022. In particular, and based on appropriate consultation with key stakeholders the delivery of an evidence-based highly effective Performance Pathway within the strategy. The pathway focuses on the key structures and support mechanisms required for athletes to compete at major championships such as the Commonwealth Games, Olympic/Paralympic Games, European and World Championships.
The report’s recommendations have assisted and supported NI Judo in their aspirations to develop talented and high performance athletes within Northern Ireland and progressing that talent to the very pinnacle of international success.
A Performance Pathway is a mechanism used to maximize the potential of a Performance Plan. The Northern Ireland Judo Performance Pathway maps the development opportunity for every eligible Judoka from ‘Entry level’ through to ‘Podium level’. Each developmental stage is underpinned with robust rationale aligned with established ‘best practice’ and the BJA & IJA pathway models. The transition phases between, and within, each developmental stage are clearly specified and measured against established world-class competitive benchmarks, competencies and applicable research.