Whitehaven Judo Club – Schools’ Outreach Programme

Whitehaven Judo Club delivered a highly successful three year Schools’ Outreach Pilot Programme in schools throughout Copeland from 2013. Over 1,140 children benefitted from judo sessions in 30 different Copeland schools.
This project is a continuation of the original pilot programme providing a service to schools in most localities of Copeland. This is achieved by a qualified British Judo Association (BJA) coach visiting each school on a school term rotational system and providing professional coaching on high quality regulation Judo mats (Tatami) allowing the pupil to learn and practice Judo in complete safety.
Judo is a sport which is not currently offered as part of the schools’ normal curriculum due to the need for specialist equipment and coaching.
Each course will lead towards a BJA grade. Thus, allowing the pupil to achieve a recognised BJA grade, if desired, and move towards joining the main Whitehaven Judo Club sessions.
The outreach programme enables more students to access Judo and progress to the main club from introductory schools’ courses and after schools clubs/activities.
Janice Knight, Schools’ Outreach Programme Coach said, “ The pilot programme was a great success thanks to Copeland Community Fund and other funders. We really appreciate the support we receive from the Fund Team which also covers assisting us with sources of funding and applications to other funders”
Other funding was provided by Whitehaven Town Council, Cumbria Community Foundation and contributions from Copeland Schools.


  • £18,832.50 of match funding
  • 0.3 FTE Jobs Safeguarded


  • Increased participation in and enjoyment of sport as part of a healthy lifestyle, increased opportunities to try a different (minority) sport (100% participants) – by increased membership of club members. Increased interest in Judo and schools participating in the project.
  • Increased awareness of and opportunities to participate in main club activities and events and hence offer progression routes (100%) – by encouraging Judoka to participate in club events such as; competitions and quest visits. Eventually leading to larger tournaments held at county, areas or national levels.
  • Improved potential sustainability of main club through development of pathway from schools outreach programme – by increased number of junior Judoka on the mat (recently 10 out of 18 Judoka on the mat started Judo through schools programme).