LINLITHGOW Judo Club has come on in leaps and bounds since it began in early 2011.
At the beginning of this year the club became one of only eight clubs in West Lothian to achieve Development Level 3 on the council’s Accreditation scheme, and to celebrate they held a taster session, ‘The Friday Night Project’, last weekend Friday for 13-17 year olds, in Livingston.
Secretary Gareth Butterfield said: “At the onset, we were merely a handful of guys with a similar interest who shared a vision of what the club could be. Although I knew it was possible, it was difficult to believe we could achieve so much in only two years!
“The interest and recognition within both the local community and judo community has shown that we can adapt to meet local needs. We have increased the number of instructors available on the mat, self-defence courses for women have proved successful, juniors from 13-years-old can now be accommodated in training, and we run a female-only section within our current training programme.”
The Community Club Accreditation Scheme has been developed in West Lothian to help support local sports clubs. In 2011, Linlithgow Judo Club achieved Access Level 1 and have developed rapidly since.
Kathryn Graham, sports development officer at West Lothian Council, said: “Linlithgow Judo Club has been one of the fastest growing clubs in West Lothian to progress through the scheme. Over the past two years the club have been working on projects with a number of different partners including the Judo governing body, local schools, West Lothian Sports Council and other local clubs in the area. This has helped to build up community partnerships which is one of the key areas of criteria for level 3.”
The Judo Club’s contribution will be officially recognised at the 2013 Celebrating Sport Awards on May 9.
Linlithgow Judo Club train Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm to 8pm, at the Lowport Centre, Linlithgow (£3/session; first session is free).