As we (hopefully) start to come through the other side of the Covid 19 situation, the Northern Ireland Judo Federation are looking to open the Dojo doors to as many people as possible and welcome them on to the mats.
We have formed a dedicated committee that will focus on inclusive Judo, and already we are making plans and arrangements for events, demonstrations, and the showcasing of the capabilities of our athletes here and the potential Judo offers.
Judo not only offers a physical outlet, but it also offers a focus, and the techniques can be adapted for everyone to take part, regardless of disability or additional needs.
Luckily, we’re not alone on the start of this Journey as Driver Training NI have agreed to support the concept as our Sponsor.
Gavin Sinclair, Director of Driver Training NI said:
“‘Driver Training NI are thrilled to be able to sponsor the NIJF adaptive inclusion program. Through our partner company, Theory Training NI, we specialise in helping clients through their driving theory test and aim to make that service as inclusive as possible, often helping clients with special educational needs.
Knowing how much sport can impact the lives of youngsters, we feel that supporting the adaptive program falls in with our values of helping everyone achieve their goals.
We’re delighted to see how this program will progress and look forward to being involved in this exciting new chapter for sport in Northern Ireland.”
Mark Donald from Northern Ireland Judo added:
“So much work goes on behind the scenes for events, classes and even in creating policies to make sure everyone feels safe and welcome on the mats.
Driver Training NI supporting us has meant we have the capability to move forward with ideas, group sessions and events.
We’re delighted they’re involved and we’re looking forward to what the future has to offer for everyone in Judo.”