Patchway is the first judo club in South Gloucestershire and Bristol County to achieve the British Judo Silver Club Mark award, & the 2nd in the whole of the Western area!

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England Judo Squad Reaches out to Patchway again,

Chloe Gowen (far left in photo below) has been selected for England pre-cadet squad following her performance at the pre-cadet British Championships.

Chloe, who was awarded clubs "most promising female" in December, has lived up to her award. Fantastic achievement in a tough weight group. Chloe is the latest, in a long line, of Patchway players to be selected to the National squad.

Everyone is very proud of her.

22nd December - Christmas Party / Games at the Club

Another successful Christmas party- big thank you to Father Christmas to pop in and give out over 60 presents!
Awards for our junior volunteers too, to thank them for helping with younger sessions.
Huge thank you to everyone involved in organising today, special mention to Rich for all the fantastic personalised key rings.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved throughout 2012, players, parents, committee and coaches, great team.
Merry Christmas and here's to a successful 2013.

Our 2012 Club Awards


U16 Juniors

Female player of the year

Imogen Conway

Male player of the year

Reece Peacock

Player of the year

Sam Finn

Male player of the year

Alfie Norton

Female player of the year

Rachel Bennett

Most improved

Tony Conway

Spirit of judo

Maia Palmer

Spirit of judo

Daniel Baker

Spirit of judo

Mark Owen

Most improved 2012

Ellie Pleass

Most improved

George Burton

Ambassador of judo

Alex Bright

Most promising Male

Finley Norton AND Ozzy Gowen

Most promising female

Chloe Gowen



Patchway Judo club has National award winning Judo volunteers!

Saturday 10th November three Bristol judo volunteers and a group of Supporters drove to the Car Heritage museum in Warwick to attend the British Judo Association Annual awards evening.

Emma, Alex & Derek from Long Ashton had been shortlisted to the last four to receive their awards, public had been voting to put them in Gold, Silver or Bronze positions.

Emma Peacock won silver Club volunteer of the year award, not only her Treasurer award, all the extra above and beyond volunteering she does at the club and in the county.                               

Alex won Silver Young volunteer of the year for his coaching and other volunteering around not only our club but other clubs in the County.  This the second award Alex won in a week, as he also was runner up Young Coach of the year for South Glos at their awards hosted by Geoff Twentyman.

Also receiving an award was an honorary member of the club, Derek Johnson. He has been involved in the club as an official for over 30 years. Derek, who is the head coach at Long Ashton Judo club, won Gold National Referee award, beating an International referee who had officiated at the Olympics. Derek has refereed locally for almost 50 years there isn’t a competition that happens in Bristol without Derek refereeing and barely one in the south west!

The three were presented their awards by 2012 Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons.

Alex Young coach of the year

On Thursday 8th November Alex attended the South Glos Council Sports awards at BAWA club, hosted by Geoff Twentyman. Alex had been nominated for Young Coach of the year and shortlisted to the top three. Alex was the runner up in a very tough category. The club would like to thank Alex for all his hard work, particular over this year since he became an Instructor.

Kidderminster & Plymouth 4th November

9 players two competitions, three venues! 
In Kidderminster Alison was going between to venues to coach the players as they had one mat area in their Dojo and the other in the social club next door! Great day as Ippon followed Ippon! Oscar, George and Harvey all wining silver and Finley winning the Gold in his group.
Meanwhile down in Plymouth, there were Silver medals for Chris F and Ozzy and bronzes for Chloe and Riley and in the Seniors 5th for Luke.

Dublin & Glos Open 27th October

Two countries, two venues, seven players.
While the U12's travelled to Glos to compete in the Glos open some of the non imjutred  Youth players were in Dublin competing in the Irish open!
Congratulations to Finley and Liam on their Silver medals and to Dan on his bronze, losing on to Liam!
In Dublin Silver in Cadets for Reece, 5th for Charlie B. Silver for Sam in the Youths (Juniors) with a dislocated shoulder and 5th in Seniors (they were first) bronze for Alex in Youths.
Well done to all our boys!

Grass Roots Sports awards

Sunday 21st October Patchway Judo were invited to do a display at the Patchway Community Sports Association Grass Roots Sports Awards evening, last year we had received a runners up award in the club category.
The display team were ready, un be known to their Coach he had been nominated for an Individual award! The first he knew was when Alison stood up to do a presentation and a photo of Luke as a young player was on the screen behind her!
After all the presentations the players did a great display whilst the judges deliberated!
We are very pleased and proud to annouce that Luke was presented with an "outstanding contribution to grass roots sport! award.

Wales & Scotland 21st October

Two comps two countries, four players!
Whilst Sam was fighting in the Junior ranking event in Scotland, Ozzy, Chloe & Finley were in Wales!
Sam lost for the bronze medal, did however clock up some ranking points for the Junior GB ranking list!
Over in Wales Gold medals to Finley & Ozzy and a silver to Chloe.
Well done everyone!

England squad calling

Congratulations to Rachel and Reece on their selection to the England squad!

Both received their letters and English Roses this week!

We wish them luck with training a d future ranking competitions.

GB silver medalist

Reece Peacock fought his way to his first British Judo Association Championship final at Sheffield Arena on 13th October; he fought in the U66 kg category, U16 event.
He trained very hard and was over the moon to reach the final at his 5th Brit- ish Championships, as his previous highest place was 7th.

It was a long hard final and he lost only on penalty points, which meant he successfully won the silver medal without being thrown for a single score all day!

Well done to all the others who fought at the weekend, Chloe, Rachel, Sam and Alex. Tough competition and they have todo it all again in January! Good luck for then!

30th September From Masters to U12

Congratulations to Chris on his Bronze medal u73 masters competition in Northern Ireland!

Meanwhile in U12 in their first British Championships, Ozzy was 5th and Liam fought well but wasn't placed. Both boys were in very large groups and amongst the youngest there, the others better watch out next year! Well done all. Thanks to Luke for going with them to St Helen's .
Meanwhile Alison and Alex were in Bath uni at coach revalidation event. Busy weekend for the coaching team.

Devon Open Low Grade Junior & Kyu Championships

Well done to Liam, Charlotte & George for their Gold medals in Devon.

George's first u16 event .
Well done on their silver medals to Harvey, Riley , Mark W and Reece, who also won 20 more points towards his 1st Dan.
Meanwhile Kieran, first comp back from injury,won bronze in Nottingham kyu grade competition as well as his first 10 points towards his Dan grade .
Well done everyone !


Welsh open - medals from A band to Masters!

A large squad travelled over the bridge to compete in the welsh open on


Chris was kept very busy first thing with all A band players on at the same time!
A mixed day, few injuries and some not performing as well as they had recently in this very hard competition, others excelling themselves, with out necessarily winning.
We did come away with a few medals,

Silver for Ozzy in A band U38,

Bronze for Finley in u42 A band,

Silver for Chloe in U44 B band,

Bronze for Sam in u81 D band and bronze for Chris in the masters!

Well done all, thank you to the coaching team and supporters. Get well soon Charlie and Ryan!

8th September - Heart of England

Fantastic week end at the Heart of England, the coaches couldn't have asked any more from any of the players.

At one of the hardest competitions of the year all all the players won fights, probably our best year there for a very long time!
Very well done to,-

Rachel for her bronze medal in B band u70's,

Chloe 5th (Hantei) B band u44,

Sam 5th in u81 D band and 20 points to his 2 Dan.

7th place for Reece in D band u66 and first 10 points towards his 1st Dan,

7th for Alex in u73 D Band.



We are really proud to let everyone know that following their nominations for British Judo Association National awards, Emma has made it to the top four for club volunteer of the year and Alex for young volunteer.

There is now a voting to determine whether they get a Gold , silver or bronze award so we need your help so our Patchway players can go for a different sort of gold medal!

Please follow this link to Vote

Please also show your support to Derek Johnson for Referee of the Year award. Derek always gives his support to any Bristol and Western Judo event.

23 July - double nominees!

Congratulations to Emma and Alex on their nominations for British Judo Association nominee awards!
Both have been nominated for the "above and beyond" commitment to the club and county.

They certainly are great role models and make up a fantastic team who work together to run the club

22nd July - 2012 Family Fun day and community games event

What a great day! 50 judoka on the mat and 15 were female!

We had 5 teams, Girls team were GB in honour of our local Olympian Sally Conway, captained by Mollie.

The boys teams and captains were France-Alex , Greece-Sam, Japan-Kieran & Korea-Reece.

Morning began with opening ceremony where the teams paraded their flags, made by Emma and Kieran.

This was followed by team games, judo selfs defence display and Rythmic judo display by Luke and Chris.


After there was BBQ, assault course, dialling inflatable, egg & spoon race and rounders.

Thanks to everyone who donated prizes, cakes and to everyone involved and of course to all who came.

Photos will be put up soon

16th July West of England open - Swindon Golden boys

Now a Senior ranking event it was very busy for Seniors.

This year we had Luke, Sam and Alex all fighting in Seniors! Huge groups with everyone after ranking points ! Sam and Luke both came 7th out of 28 and Alex had two tough fights.

Meanwhile in the juniors we had two golden boys, with Reece winning Gold in u66 and Chris is u73!

Charlotte was awarded Gold in her weight group as she had to fight up a weight.

Two silver medals from Chloe and Ozzy and a bronze for Lorna .

In u12 there were some very large groups, mostly there were 7th places, lost out on fight for bronze for Finley, Connor, Harvey and Liam.

8 July Bristol school of judo inter schools

St Michael's school, our first yellow belt school club link club, won the Bristol school of judo inter schools shield for third time in a row!

10 players from the school took part in the event achieving 50 points beating The Meadows school by 3 points for the second time.

As it is the third time they have won the trophy they get to keep it!
Gold medals for School team captain Liam, Dan Alfie & Harrison
Silver medals for Caleb and Imogen
Bronze medals for Ben P, Ryan G, Devlin and Jordan.

Well done to all, thanks to John Wheeldon, Bristol school of judo for organising the event , to Alison, Mollie, Liam & Dan for officiating and Reece for refereeing.

6/7 July School Displays
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Stoke lodge and St Michael's school displays . All did very well; hope you like your new club pens !
30 June 1 July Bedminster Competition

Two days, 20 players, 28 medals, too many fights to count!

Well done to everyone who fought this weekend, fantastic judo and an amazing number of medals.
Well done everyone .

23rd & 24th July Kent International Everyone's a winner
Fantastic results from Kent International. Most number of fights and medals won in a long time. Congratulations to Bronze medallists, Fin, Rachel, Chris, Kieran, Reece & Lorna! With a Gold medal for Ozzy and 5th place for Chloe. Connor W was in a huge group in orange and green belt group, fought well. Alex won his first ever fights at Kent but didn't medal, Sam won two out of four beating one of the Commonwealth games players.
Well done to everyone. Coaches are very proud of all of you.
17th June - Kidderminster Patchway boys 1st, 2nd 3rd!
"Sam finally got round to doing his 1st Dan theory to go with the points he won in his line up in April to complete his 1st Dan! He scored 199 out of 210. To keep him company Alex and Luke also took their next theory gradings too, Alex completed his 2nd Dan theory, scoring 299 out of 325 and not to be out done, with the boys hot on his heels, Luke completed his 3rd Dan theory. He also had to complete a Kata as part of it. Well done boys.
16th July - Celebrity Chris and his backing talkers!
Thanks to Sarah's proactive work in her PR role for the club, the coaches and Sarah were invited to Radio Bristol to take part in their Saturday afternoon sports programme . Chris proved to be a natural on the radio (how could he not?). During the interview Sarah agreed to get on the mat! "
27th May - Western Area Championships 15 players 12 medals!

Great but long day. 15 players entered this prestigious annual event. This last time for three of our players in this U16 event; what a great way to finish!

The day resulted in Western Area Champion titles for Kieran, Reece, George, Harvey & Chloe!

Silver medals for Charlotte and Rachel.

Bronzes for Caleb, Connor W, Ozzy, Finley & Chris F. With 5th places for Harrison, Ryan (Mumbles) and Connor M.

20th May - Interclub and U8 training

Brilliant day and the most club volunteers we have ever had! 40 under 8's from across Bristol came together to take part in a joint training session, all received an attendance medal at the end. In the afternoon we hosted our annual interclub competition, this year it was red belts only.

Some fantastic judo, clearly some future champions coming through.

Thank you to the volunteers who helped make the day so successful. Thanks once again to the photography team for the fatastic professional photos, if you missed them, watch this space.

13th May - Midland Area 4 players 7 medals!

Small squad of 4 went to Walsall, Chris competing in Green belt and below, Reece and Kieran in the Brown belt Junior and Brown belt Senior and Alex in the Black belt group.

Medal Tally, Bronze for Chris, Silver for Alex, Reece bronze in Juniors and Silver in Seniors and Kieran Gold in his on weight group bronze in the weight group above and Silver in the Seniors!

Well done boys.

21st April - busy day for Patchway players!

Whilst Mark, Reece, Shaun & Chloe were taking their Referee theory exams in Yate, Alex was at Bath uni on his Instructors course, Sam was in Belfast fighting in the NI open! The rest of the players were at training1

Great news, all the referees passed their exams, good luck with their practicals now!

Alex passed his Instructors course, well done and welcome to the coaching team!

Sam won three fights in Belfast losing to Ashley in the bronze medal fight, earning him his first ranking points since he was injured last year.

14th & 15th April - Kidderminster

Well done to all the players who fought at Kidderminster this weekend.

Gold for Ozzy, Silver for Rachel and our only Senior Mark Owen. Bronzes for Chloe & Charlie B. Well done to Chris F who won two fights but unfortunately didn't medal.

Thanks to Luke for coaching.

7th April - Easter Egg Hunt

Thank you to everyone who came to judo and took part in the Easter Egg hunt. Thanks to Rich B for organising the Easter Egg for the raffle, which raised £50. Congratulations to Mollie for winning the 1KG Egg!

1st April - Under 8 & Inter club Bristol Judo

Well done to Ellie Pleass, who was our only U8. She finished every fight with a huge smile!

Well done to our Over 8 competitors, Gold for Charlotte and Harvey, silver for George and bronzes for Alex, Bethany & Sophie.

1st April - Line ups x 2!

Well done to Alex and Sam who both completed their line ups to complete the practical part of their Dan grades!

To be eilgible for a line up you have to win your first two fights by Ippon. You then get the chance to fight three players, who you have to beat with no break. We are all really proud that they both did it!

Well done, fantastic inspiration for the younger players! Videos of their fighs are on the Facebook page.

31st March - Interschools Competition

Well done to all the players who competed in the Interschools competition. We had clb entries from our school club link club St. Michael's in Stoke Gifford, coached by Alison assisted by Emma, Kieran, Reece, Mollie & Chris F and Stoke Lodge school, coached John Wheeldon.

We are very proud that for the second time St Michael's one again won the shield! Need all players out next time as John is looking for revenge! Caleb, Harrison, Ryan GG, Abby, Alex B, Jordan, George K, Lewis M, Edward and Jake.

29th March - Award winning Chair!

Congratulations to Andy on receiving his Volunteer award at the Commnity Chair awards at the BAWA. Andy is not only our chairman he is also a Scout leader and Community school Governor.

Andy encouraged the club to do our Clubmark award and supported the additional session for our Youth & Senior players.

23rd March - Sport relief Randori

Well done to Alex, Kieran, Reece, Charlie P & Mollie for taking in part in the Sport relief randori, hosted by Bedminster Judo club.

11th March - Tora Comp Portishead

Well done to everyone who took part, from Red belts to 2nd Dan! Great results for the juniors who took part. Our Seniors did very well, Luke won the Gold in the over 73Kg and Tony won silver in the u73kg!

10th March - British Schools Championships - Sheffield

Well done to all the players who took part, great results.

Gold Medals and British Schools Champions, Rachel & Josie! As well as bronze medals for Chloe and Alex! Well done to Reece and Chris who were the yongest in the years 10/11 category.

3rd March - Kidderminster

A group of 12 players from red belts to green travelled up the M5 to compete in the oversubscribed competition. Boys were on in the morning, Chris went up with them. Alison arrived later with the girls fighting in the afternoon.

Coaches Chris & Alison were really proud of the players, great judo and even more importantly fantastic attitudes.

Gold medals for Harvey, Chris F. Rachel & Charlotte. Silver medal for George (narrowly missing out on Gold)

Bronze medals for Oscar, Harrison, Fin, Daniel Bethany, Charlie and Josie.

A nice warm up for Chris, Rachel & Josie who are all fighting in the British Schools next week!

Thank you to all the players and parents for their lovely comments. Our players are all doing well and we are pleased everyone is so happy to be part of it.

1st March - Callicroft school visit Patchway with the Breakthrough project

17 children from Callicroft school came to the club to take part in a come and try it session with Wayne, Breakthrough Projects Senior Mentor. The session was run  by Luke and Alison assisted by Mollie and Charlotte.

All the children enjoyed the session and we look forward to seeing them at the club sessions in the future.

28th February 2012 - Cubs come and try!

14 Cubs came along to our Tuesday session as part of their termly activities. Packed mat and thnak you to Mark Taplin for getting on to help Luke with the clubs whilst Alison took the normal session. We look forward to seeing the cubs at training.

25th February 2012 Annual Swimathon

Well done to everyone  who took part in the annual Swimathon. The over 12 team swam a record breaking 208 lengths between them! With the U12 team swimming an amazing 120 lengths! Thank you to everyone who sponsored them and Andy for organising! Over 12 team, Huw, Lorna, Sam, Reece, Dan w & Ben. U12 team Charlotte, Nathan, Mumbles, Harrison, Safira, Charlie and our only u8 Maia.

19th February - NW competition

Well done to Lorna for fighting up a weight group (U52) and won a bronze medal!

15th February - Award winning Chairman!

Well done to our Chairman Andy Phelps on being awarded a South Gloucestershire council Chairman's award for volunteering. He will collect his award at a Celebration event at BAWA club in March. This is the second time a member of the committee has received this award as Alison received hers in 2009!

12th February - Patchway Green belt & below competition at Abbeywood school

This was our first Green belt and below competition. 49 entries from clubs as far a field as London, Midlands and Wales.

Great number of volunteers supporting the competition, from the club and county.

Once again thank you to The Learning Grove for sponsoring the medals.

Brean Camp Pages Moved to Archive

We had some grat times at our Brean Camps and wish to keep the memories, so the page links are now kept here, safe in the archive




17th December 2011- Annual Christmas Party and visit from the big man in a red suit!

Very busy morning, so many players on the mat we needed 6 team captains this year for our annual team games Christmas party!

Highlights were Kieran's team in the belt snatching game and Alex's team the fastest at Dodge ball.

Father Christmas arrived in plenty of time, with over 60 presents to give out it was a good job too. Helped by his two lovely assistants Lorna and Mollie.

Huge thank you to everyone who helped make the party another great success. To Bethany's Grandma for the delicious Patchway Judo Club cake!

Thanks once again to The Learning Grove for their contrbution to the players presents.

Look forward to seeing everyone again on Saturday 7th January 2012, usual times, for more judo in a very special Olympic and Paralympic year!

4th December - Long Ashton u8 training & Inter Club

Following a late night at the awards evening, our youngsters were off to Long Ashton for training and competition.

In his last under 8 Harvey won all his fights! Bethany won two out of three, Alfie fought well, getting out of a hold down at one point!

In the Interclub George B and Charlotte both won their first Gold medals, with Liam performing the "Ippon" of the day to secure a silver in his group. Daniel B won two fights, narrowly missing out on a silver to win a well deserved bronze. Oscar with some nifty groundwork also won bronze. As did Charlie in her first interclub. Well done to Ozzy (who fights for Yate) for his well deserved Gold, in particularly strong group.

Alison was the CR in charge, Mollie doing the majority of the recording in practice for  her CR exam, with Lorna, Helen & Chloe G all timekeeping.

A very enjoyable day, thanks to Luke for coaching.

3rd December - Christmas Disco & Presentation evening "Thank you Parents"

What an evening! Over 90 people attended the Christmas Disco and Presentation evening, a record number of awards! During his speech about the successes of 2011, Chair Andy Phelps, thanked all parents and carers for their support of the players and the club. Emphasising that with out the players there is no club!

Fantastic to have players from the after school Club at St Michael's amongst the guest.

Three awards given out for the completion to the Kano grading system, Safira, Oscar & Harvey.

Minis best Girl: Imogen Conway

Minis best Boys: Harvey Hirst

Minis Most Improved: Oscar Norton, Junior Male Player of the year: Reece Peacock

Junior Female Player of the year: Rachel Bennett, Junior Most Improved Player: Chris Field

Junior Most Promising Male: Ben Guest, Junior Most Promising Female: Josie Sparks

Junior Spirit of Judo: Connor Madden, Ambassodor of Judo: Lorna Gibbins

Senior Player of the year: Chris Mockridge, Senor Most Improved: Alex Bright

Senior Spirit of Judo: Tony Conway

26th November - Oscar & Harvey latest players to complete the Kano Grading system.

Kano grading is a series of 9 awards aimed at the Minis players, that come before the Mon grading system.

Kano grades have a great deal to each part and completing the whole syllabus is no mean feet!

Oscar and Harvey became the 7th & 8th players to do so, following in the footsteps of Sam, Finley, Ryan "Mumbles", Liam, Tommy and our only girl to date Safira!

Well done boys, the Mon grades will be a doddle after completing the Kano grades!

November - Patchway Girls are taking the country by storm!

No stopping the Patchway girls at the moment, since Lorna won her bronze medal at the Heart of England she has medaled all over the country, not only winning enough points for her blackbelt, gaining enough ranking points to maker her number 1 in U 20 GB ranking list.

Rachel is following in her first steps, at only 11 she is Double GB British Champion. Hot on her heals Josie won a bronze medal at her first British Championships. All three are fantastic role models for our younger and lower grade girls.

19th November - Gold for Sam

This weekend Sam went to Harlow in Essex, very early start leaving at 5.15am. This didn't effect his performance as he won all his fights winning Gold.

13th November - Patchway Grass roots award

Ten members were invited to an awards evening at Patchway Sports and Social club on Sunday evening after the club was nominated for the award. Alison, along with Luke, Lorna(hot on the heels of getting her points for her Dan grade) Reece and Mollie took part in a presentation. We didn't win, the evening showed us that we are part of an excellent sporting set up in Patchway.

13th November - Finley Gold in Wales!

Well done FInley who travelled to Maesteg, deep in to Wales, winning all his fights, including using some fantastic transition work, to come home with a Gold medal!

13th November - Lorna 1st

After completing her theory last week, Lorna secured more than enough points to be awarded her 1st Dan black belt! Fantastic achievement in such a short space of time. Well done Lorna, fantastic few months!

6th November - Chris is 3rd

Whilst our red belts were competiting in Yate, Chris was up the M5 winning points! We are pleased to annouce that he is now a fully fledged 3rd Dan! For those of you who don't know Chris was the clubs very first 1st Dan, many years ago.

Well done Chris!

At the same time, Lorna won more points towards her 1st Dan and completed her Theory.

6th November Yate Red belt competition

Well done to Charlotte who competed for the first time today on her birthday! Winning her first fight with an Ippon she went on to win a Silver medal. It was Oscar's first red belt competition he also won a silver with some fantastic transition work. Jaques fought very well and was unlucky to only win a bronze, Ryan G-G also won a bronze.

October - Welsh open

Large squad travelled to Wales from A band through to D band. Coming home with an excellent set of results!

Gold medals for Lorna and Reece. Silver for Kieran Bronzes for Finley, Connor W and Ryan

Well done all to all the players!

October - Judoka medal Ireland and Scotland!

This weekend saw our Judoka fighting far away.

Lorna went to Scotland to the Scottish open and won a bronze medal in Senior u48kg.

Meanwhile Kieran, Reece, Alex, Sam were competing in Double. Kieran Gold in Juniors and bronze in Youth competitions, Reece Gold in junior and 5th in Youth, Sam 5th in Youth. Alex fought well, especially with what turned out to be a sprained thumb!

October B C D B and Nationals

Well done Lorna on coming back from so many injuries to win Bronze medal in U48kg D band. Extra points for her Dan grade!

Kieran was 5th for the second year running and Reece did his best ever at the Nationals coming 7th.

October A band Nationals - Rachel does it again

 Congratulations to Rachel on becoming Double A band over 48kgs Champion! Josie won her first National medal, bronze in U48kg girls.

Well done to Ryan Conor W, who both fought well in two very tough boys groups.

3 October  - Golden boys!

Tora competition at Portishead leisure centre we had Minis, Juniors, Youths and Seniors competiting!

Congratulations to Tony, Chris F, Charlie B & Ryan on their Gold medals, to Finley, Charlie P. Safira & Imogen bronze medals and a 5th place for Bethany.

September  - Girls can do it too!

Congratulations to Safira, who was finally presented with her Kano 9 certifcate, making her the first girl in the clubs long history to complete the entire Kano grading scheme!

Well done Safira, lets hope some of the other girls will follow in your foot steps.

September  - Gradings

Congratulations to all the players who graded this weekend;

4th Mon Yellow belt Harrison

5th Mon Yellow belt Adam

6th Mon Yellow belt Finley

7th Mon Orange belts, Josie,Connor W & Mumbles

9th Mon Orange belt Charlie B


11 September  - Heart of England

Well done to all the players who competed in the Heart of England. 5th places for Kieran and Reece in a pool of 36, both only losing by a yuko in Bronze medal finals.

Sam & Alex both lost in the fight to go in to the crossover sheet in a pool of 43! Congratulations to Lorna on her bronze medal.

3 September - Dan grading

Congratulations to Alex who won 3 fights at the Dan grading, 30 points towards his Dan grade!

7 August - Safeguarding and Listening

Almost a club outing to UWE today, where Gloria Gibbins and Mark Taplin, our Club Welfare Officers (CWO's) were joined by Lorna, Alex and Sam on the British Judo safeguarding and Child Protection course. The course is essential for all Welfare officers and coaches, the Youth players all attended as it a pre-requiste for the Club Instructor award they are all working towards.

Long day for Gloria and Mark as they then stayed on to take part in the British Judo Time to Listen training, Alison joined them as a representative of the coaching team.

Thank you to all our members for giving up their Sunday.

24 July - Bristol School of Judo Challenge

Congratulations to our satelite club, St Michael's school Stoke Gifford, players who won the Trophy today at the Bristol School of Judo Challenge today at Ashton Park school.

Gold medals for Liam Conway and Daniel Baker

Bronze medals for Caleb Wottoon, Harlon Lauder, Joe Marsh, Ben Plummer & Ryan Gibbard-Giles

5th place to Josh Springer.

All winning vital points to secure the trophy narrowly beating last times winners Hanham Abbots. Thank you to all supporters and to our club volunteers, Alex, Alison, Gloria, Mollie, Sam and Shaun.

17th July - Bristol Team Challenge & British Masters!

Well done to Alex, Sam, Kieran, Reece, Finley & Ozzy who repesented Bristol County Judo in the Team Challenge on Sunday at Ashton Park school.

Reece Finley and Ozzy all fought in the Junior Team who won Gold, they beat Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire, Devon and Hampshire teams.

Alex, Sam & Kieran all fought in the Youth Team who also won Gold with a total of 140 points, with the silver medalists having 97 points in total. Well done boys.

Thank you to our club officials Lorna, Daniel and Alison and to all the Patchway members who volunteered and supported the event.

Meanwhile up in Walsall, the new slinky, Chris Mockridge was competing in the Masters where he won a bronze medal and 10 more points towards his 3rd Dan - 6 to go!

Well done to alll our boys.

10th July - West of England Open

Well done to all our players that fought on Sunday. Always a tough competition, Alex and Lorna fought in the Seniors, Alex having the Gold medallist in his first fight again!

Finley won a fight which is a big achievement at such a tough competition.

Medal table:

Kieran & Josie Gold

Rachel & Lorna Silver

Reece & Josie Bronze

Well done to Alex, Charlie, Connor, & Finley

9 July - National Team Competition

Well done to Lorna who won bronze medal represetnting the Western area in National teams.

3rd July - Bedminster U8 training session and Youth and Senior split grade

Well done to everyone who took part in the under 8 training session. All players did really well, special mention to Charlie who surprised everyone it being her first one.

Youth and Seniors did extremely well with medals coming out of their ears!

Lorna - Youth Black belt and below GOLD

Reece - Youth Brown belt and below U66 Silver, Youth Black belt and below U66 Bronze

Kieran - Youth Brown belt and below U66 Gold, Youth Black belt and below U66 Gold

Sam - Youth Black belt and below U73 Silver, Senior Men black belt & below U73 Bronze

Alex - Youth Black belt and below U81 bronze, brown belt and below silver and Senior men brown belt and below bronze

Luke - Senior Black belt and below U81 silver

25th / 26th June - Kent International

Well done to all our under 16 players who all one fights at the Competition - one of our best group results in a while at this high standard competition. Well done to Kieran on his Bronze medal and to all the others who all came 5th! Reece (losing in the bronze medal fight) Chris F, Ben, Rachel and Connor W. All players fought really well.

Alex was our only Youth player to compete this year, in a huge group was drawn against two Foreign players despite fighting well didn't have a win this time.

11th June - Bedminster split grade competition

Well done to everyone who competed. Exact results will follow. It was a very hectic day and lots of our club members were also officials.

22 May - Club Competition & U8 training

A fantasic day, so many of our players competing for the first time. The number of entries were so large we sadly weren't able to accept some entries, this is great news that inter club entries are on the up.

The Coaching team were extremely proud of all the players; a special mention to the U8 players who did the coaches proud with their Japanese knowledge as well as their judo! Another reason the Kano grading system is so good.

Our over 8's did very well, new experience for some, a lot to gain from competing. For others it was lovely to see how their confidence has grown and how steadily working through their grades has made them the confident players they now are. Whilst it was the first for some, it was the last for Finley and Ryan, yesterday proving they are ready to move on and leave the inter clubs.

No competition is viable with out the support of all the officials, referees and volunteers. Again how great is it to see how many young officials and referees are coming through. Thank to all the Bristol officials and referees and to our own club officials, Reece, Amy who passed her level 1 yesterday, Lisa, Rich, Mollie, Lorna & Chris. Thank you our Associate members, Natasha and Rebecca Maslen for being Head referee and Tournament Director, respectively.

As for our club volunteers, don't think we've ever had so much support; particularly the amount of club members volunteering, who either were too high a grade to compete or their children weren't competing! Thank you to everyone who helped and donated raffle prizes and cakes.

Last but not least Thank you to The Learning Grove for sponsoring the medals; this sponsorship helped us raise a record amount yesterday.

Photos are still available to purchase click here

14th May - Club AGM

Thank you to everyone attended. Lovely to see parents of some of our newer members.

Goodbye and Welcome to new postholders. Ian England has sadly needed to step down as Welfare officer, due to work commitments. Ian has been a very supportive and active Welfare officer, thanks to him for the time he put in over his time in office. Gloria Gibbins has kindly agreed to be a Welfare officer, this is good news as it means we still have two as Richard Oram continues in his post. Mollie Finn steps down as Kano Secretary and Michelle Burnard will take on this role. Deb Wiltshire stepped down as Assistant Volunteer co-ordinator to take on role as Assistant Treasurer. Jules Griffin will now be "Assistant Sweetie" supporting Sadie.

All other posts are the same, the only change is that the Coaching team will now be dealing with all competitions and just a reminder Emma, as Junior co-ordinator deals with gradings.

Thank you to all postholders who are continuing, all have done a great job helping the club to grow over the last year. Here's to another growth year for Patchway. Last but not least thanks to the Coaching team!

8th May - Western Area Closed Championships - Pete Murphy

A squad of 9 Patchway players went to Kingsbridge to join the rest of Bristol County players to compete in the Area closed Championships for the Pete Murphy trophy.

All the points went towards the team and Bristol came second, with Devon winning.

Congratulations to the medalists Rachel, Gold, Josie, Amy, Reece Silver and Ryan, Connor M bronze. Well done to Finley who missed out on a bronze and to Ben and Connor W.

Greate results for Patchway and Bristol.

7th May - European Youth Olympics Trials

Congratulations to Kieran for coming second in the trials for Youth Olympics in Kendal.

23 April - Annual Easter Egg Hunt followed by Randori, Rounders & Picnic

Another successful Easter Egg hunt - huge thank you to Sadie for organising the bunnies and eggs. Great turn out of players on the mat.

After it was down to Bedminster Judokwai for a randori session followed by rounders and picnic at Ashton court. Great afternoon with 5 clubs attending. Not too sure which team won the rounders in the end. The result didn't matter it was the banter during the game. It is hoped to repeat the Rounders and picnic on Saturday 28th May after Bristol County training.

10th April 2011 - Samurai Green belt and below TEAM competition

Representing Bristol County judo 8 teams went to Kidderminster at the weekend. Patchway players were in 7 out of the 8 teams. 6 of the teams won bronze medals, with one yellow belt and below team coming a close 5th (out of 12) Connor W was in that team, he won all of his fights. There were 3 girls teams in all, the yellow belt and below team won gold, the other two teams had Patchway players in both teams, both teams won bronze medals. Amy and Josies team doing extrememly well as it was an U16 competition and all  the players in their team were U11!

Well done to all the other players, Chris, Connor M., Ben, Finley and Mollie.

26th March 2011 - British Schools

Congratulations to all the players who took part in the British Schools competition. Players from the club represented Abbeywood Community School, Marlwood School, Patchway Community School, St Mary Refcliffe 6th Form and Wheatfield primary.

Congratlation to Reece on his silver medal, Yrs 8 & 9 U66kg, Bronze medals in yr 6 & 7 Category for Ben U60 and Rachel U63. 5th places for Mollie in yrs 8 & 9 U52 and Alex yrs 12 & 13 U81. Well done to Chris U66 yrs 8 & 9, who fought the gold and bronze medalists in the knockout rounds.

13th February 2011 - Sea Mills u8 Training Session and nov-6th mon competition

Fantastic performances from everyone who took part, in the under 8s congratulations to Charis and Harvey who got gold and Curtis and Ewan who got bronze. In the over 8s it was golds for Ryan, Connor and Liam, silvers for Lucy and Finley, and 5th place for Nathan. Connor's gold medal fight was one of the best of the day in the closely fought u30kg group with the Connormator executing a beautifully timed tai-otoshi into soto makikomi ippon. Well done all!

29th & 30th January 2011 - Midlands Area

Well done to all the players who took part. Only two medals, Lorna and Natahsa.

Lots of fights won by the others, sadly no medals. Well done everyone.

16th January 2011 - Bristol County Minimon

Fantastic start to the new year. Brilliant performance from all the players!

Golds for Finley, Josie and Amy

Silver for Lewis and Chris

Bronzes (second medals of the day!) for Chris and Amy.

Attendance medals for Mumbles, Connor and Cameron.

Well done to Reece and Myles for passing their level 2 Junior officials award.

Thank you to all the Patchway officials and volunteers, special mention to Mildred for her contribution to officials refreshments!

January 2011 - New Year

Start of another new year, just a few reminders;

1) Membership renewals are due by Tuesday 1st February. Membership prices remain the same, having not increased in the last 8 years.

One member £15 Two family members £25 Three or more £30. Please complete the 2011 membership form.

Mat fees again remain the same £2.20 for U18 members £2.50 for Senior members

£3 for U18 none members and £3.50 for Senior non-members.

2) Player CV's for members aged 8 and over, please complete these and give to Emma.

3) List of Players and competitions recommended for them for the coming year is on the notice board, any questions then speak to one of the Coaching team.

2011 - First session

The first session of 2011 will be Saturday 8th January. Look forward to seeing you all in the New Year .

18th December - Christmas Disco

 Thank to everyone who came to the Disco - a good time was had by all. Youngest 5 months the oldest over 50! So great to see all the children, of all ages mixing together.

Thank you to everyone who helped organise it and to the raffle contributors and ticker buyers!

Merry Christmas everyone!

18th December - Christmas Party & Disco!

 Another successful party; 40 players on the mat plus siblings! We had out annual visit from the Big man himself, Christmas presents were duly distributed.

Huge Thank you to all players, parents and coaches for all the support the club has received in 2010.

Presentation of the annual awards, unfortunately due to other commitments, we were missing for winners, who will be presented with theirs in the New Year.

Under 8 Girls player of the year                   - Charis Oram

Under 8 Boy player of the year                     - Harvey Hirst

Under 8 Most Improved player of the year - Matthew Pearce

Under 8 Spirit of Judo                                  - Lewis Foster

Player of the Year                                         - Sam Finn

Ambassodor                                                 - Kieran Peacock

Most Improved                                              - Rachel Bennett

Most Promising                                            - Finley Norton

Spirit of Judo                                                - Dan Wiltshire

Next years party - already on the calendar - Saturday 17th December 2011!

Evening party and presentations will be earlier in December.

5th December - Bristol squad for Area Teams!

 20 players were selected to represent the County in the Area teams, from U12's to Seniors.

For the 5th year running the Under 16 boys won the Gold! With many of the original team now in the Youth mens they won Gold too, first time Bristol had entered the competition for many years. Senior Women and the U12 girls winning silver; with the lowest average grade of player! U12 boys all fought well, with the majority only being 8 & 9 this year they didn't medal - watch out everyone next year.

Senior men gave it a good go, again with a very young team, most under 17, they didn't medal. Once again we provided officials, thank you and well done to them!

Our representatives in the teams were:

Women - Lorna, Natasha

Youth Men - Alex, Sam and reserves Kieran and Reece

Junior u16 Boys, Kieran, Sam, Reece, Connor M. Alan, Dominic , Reserve Dan W.

U12 Girls, Rachel, Josie & Lucy Reserve Amy

U12 boys, Ben, Nathan W, Connor W, Finley, Ryan, Liam, Cameron

Men - Luke

4th December - Junior officials course

 Congratulations to Reece and Myles for passing their level 2 Junior officials course and to Rachel and Amy for passing their level 1 Junior officials course.

26 & 27 November - Bristol in Southend on Sea International

37 players, coaches and supporters from five Bristol clubs, made their way across the Country on a cold and frosty morning to compete for Bristol.

The Competition was chosen as there was a category for every competitive player in Bristol.

On the Saturday it was the Juniors and Seniors. Natasha winning Gold in the Seniors, Sam winning bronze in Junior competition, Kieran and Reece coming 5th, which doesn't reflect how well they fought. Dominic won silver and Myles again was unlucky with a tough pool.

On Sunday it was the turn of the U12's and Youths. Amy and Rachel both fought in the o48kg under 12's. Some tough fights, Gold for Rachel and bronze for Amy. Cameron won silver in u12's. Natasha, Alex and Sam all fought in the Youths, repeating their Saturday performances, Natasha won Gold and Sam won bronze. Alex came 5th in a very tough group.

Fantastic weekend, great team spirit between players, coaches and supporters. A very well organised evening meal by Emma! Next year it would be great if more players would attend.

7th November - Patchway players from one end of the Country to another again!

 There was an Inter club in Yate and Fitness testing continuing in Sheffield.

Only 3 girls in the whole Competition, Lucy had entered buy there weren't any others to fight.

Josie did very well winning two out of three against Chloe from Yate winning Gold.

The boys were out in force;

Silver to Finley and Dan W. Bronzes to Mumbles, Nathan, Harrison. Tommy withdrew after winning two fights so was awarded 5th.

The Competition Controller was Rebecca and Head Referee was Natasha, both did a sterling job. Mollie was on the table doing paperwork. Myles and Alison refereeing. Well done to all.

Meanwhile up in Sheffield, Kieran and Sam were being put through your paces at the Fitness testing. Pleased to report they both managed elite level in bleep test and press ups! Well done boys.

6th November - Patchway players all over the Country!

 There was training at the club, Under 8's in Hanham, Grading in High Wycombe, Fitness testing in Sheffield..

Well done to our 5 under 8's who went to Hanham, they all had 3 fights. Harvey and Curtis winning all theirs. Matthew and Charis won one each, Keegan fought very well. Again the Patchway Competition posse were out

in force, well done Mollie, Lisa and Alison!

Judy was at the grading winning 40 points towards her 2nd Dan. Natasha, Lorna and Dominic were all at England fitness training in Sheffield, results will be in the post.

*******************    CHRISTMAS NEWSFLASH   *********************************

 Don't panic, it's not coming early!

Any orders for any merchandise need to be with Lisa or Alison by Saturday 6th November to ensure Christmas delivery.

Children's Christmas party - Saturday 18th December 10am - 12.30pm siblings welcome. - put names down on the list at the club

Family Christmas disco - Saturday 18th December 7pm, Patchway labour club - thanks to Sadie for booking this once again

30th October 2010 - Gloucester Junior Open

 A large squad went to Newent for the Gloucester Junior open. All players fought well, suprising number of Engalnd players from further a field.

First Open competition for some, first under 16 for others. Some very brave players.

Gold medals for Kieran Reece and Dominic. First time Kieran and Reece won golds on the same day! Dominic's final was against a players he has wanted to beat for a while, he did it in style with a fantastic Ippon, with seconds to go.

Silver medal for Rachel, unlucky to loose a fight, which she did with only 5 seconds to go.

Bronze medals for Amy, Mumbles, Myles, Cameron and Tom.

5th place to Finley (beaten by Cameron for bronze) Nathan and Connor.

8th for Daniel and Tommy, first open & under 16 for Dan and first over 8 comp for Tommy.

Poor Ben and Charlie were injured, both fighting in under 16 for the first time.

Well done all, you wore your t-shirts with pride.

Thank you to coaches, Alison, Rebecca and Natasha and all the supporters.

24th October 2010 - Cardiff Burn - Luke and Libby

 Huge well done to Luke and Libby for completing the Cardiff burn in 4 hours and 14 minutes!

Fantastic achievemen. Thank you to everyone who sponsored them. Now for the hard bit - paying up!!

23rd October 2010 - Irish Open - Dublin - Sam & Natasha gate crash Bedminster Judokwai Tour!

Great weekend with all 8 players who went winning at least one medal each; 14 in total. Sam fought in the Cadets (U16) loosing only to the Irish three times National medallist he won a bronze medal! He went on to fight in the Juniors (U20's) he was a wazari and yuko up with a minute to go, he injured his shoulder whilst scoring the yuko, first aiders wouldn't allow him to carry on, leaving him a 5th place.

Natasha fought in three categories, Junior, Senior and Senior Open, just like in Plymouth there was no stopping her, coming away with Golds in all three categories.

Well done to the other players from Bristol clubs, Henry & Charlie Geary, Renz, Sasha, Tom Finerty and Ashleigh.

Big thank you to Judy for coaching and to Paul Taylor for allowing us to gate crash. Not forgetting all the supporters.

16th October 2010 - Plymouth Junior & Senior Open

 A large squad of players from red belt to 2nd Dan, along with supporters and Coaches trouped down the M5 to Plymouth.

Long day all players fought well, with everyone winning at least one  fight each, some many more!

Gold medals to Rachel & Ben

Silvers medals to Amy, Reece, Chris and Luke

Bronze medal to Kieran.

5th place to Connor W. Mark, Sam and Alex.

First Senior Competition for Sam and Alex, who both fought well, Sam earning his first 10 points towards his 1st dan and Alex holding his own in a very difficult group. Mark was the only fighter below 1st kyu well done to him.

Very well done to Natasha (fighting for Tora ki) winning all four of her fights to win Gold.Fighting for Seamills, Domininic Gold, Myles & Cameorn both Silver.

Well done to all the players and thanks once again to all the supporters - once again our very smart Orange and black tops were commented on.                         

Our competition officials were out in force again, Lisa, Mollie and Rich!

9th & 10th October B C and D Band British Championships Shefield


Patchway players made up a Bristol County squad of 11. Smartly dressed in Bristol County t-shirts.

Reece in C band U60 group fought really well was very unlucky not to one either of his fights with how well he was fighting, 31 in his weight group.

Sam & Kieran were both C band U66 group. Both fought extremely well, unfortunately after only loosing to the Gold and Silver medallists respectively, they had to fight each other for the bronze medal. Hard mentally for both of them, for the first time, after being given a good talking too, Kieran actually fought Sam properly in a competition. Good fight, with Sam winning by a wazari. Not bad to have the GB bronze medalist and 5th place for the same group in the same club in a tough group.

Dominic, fighting for Seamills won two fights wining him the bronze in C band U38kg. Myles in U38 B band, another tough group fought well unfortunately didn't win a fight.

On Sunday Natasha in D band U73 won one, lost second to the Gold medallist she went on to win one more and loose her 4th placing her 7th.

Well done to the other Bristol players, who fought well Renz, Tom, Henry, Ashley and David.

3rd October - 3 Competitions, 6 Golds and 8 silvers!

Three competitions in Bristol on one day!

At the Tora competition in Pill a squad of 12 orange belts and below clocked up four golds and seven silver medals! All fights, win or loose had 100% effort. Very proud, coaches, parents and spectators.

Golds to Finley, Amy, Rachel and Connor M. Silvers to Connor W. Liam, Harvey, Safira, Mumbles, Amy & Charlie. 5th for Ian and 6th for Nathan. Some big groups all "fought their socks off".

At Seamills Vrum won one and lost one winning the silver medal. Over at Koi, on our blue mats (!), Chris and Dave both won Gold medals. Good day all round. Shame we were in three different places!


19th September - A Band British Championships Crystal Palace - we have a champion

A small squad of two, dressed in their lovely new squad kit, along with matching sepctators and coach!

Amy and Rachel were both in the Over 48kg group. In a break from tradtion the girls were called early. Amy went up first, unfortuantley loosing to the silver medallist in her first fight. Went on to win the Bronze. Rachel won all her fights, then had to wait 2 hours for the final. All the meddallists paraded around the mats.  Then the finals took place, yes Rachel's was last. Her opponent was much heavier, it was a tough fight, Rachel won by Ippon, to become 2010 U12 British Champion.

Well done girls!

5 September - UK school games

Meanwhile, in the North East Natasha was competiting for England at the UK school games.

With an 8 second first Ippon win she showed everyone she meant business! Natasha won a bronze medal, we are all very proud of her achievement.

5 September - Heart of England NIA - Vital points for Luke 2nd Dan Tavener!

A squad of 5 from b band to Senior travelled to the NIA for this prestigious event.

Ben, Reece and Alex unfortunately didn't win any fights, all did well, for all of them it was first time in their age groups, with them all moiving in to B C and D bands respectivley.

Luke had two good wins securing his vital points he has needed for so long to give him his 2nd Dan - Congratulations Luke.

Sam and Kieran were both in U66 C band, both winning losing out in the bronze medal fights and both achieving 5th, giving them both ranking points!

We were caretaking other players due to the absence of their coaches, Reins from Tora was with out Judy as she was a UK school Games with Natasha, Reins fought extremely well winning a bronze U 46 C band.

Tom, Myles fought well unfortunately didn't win. Dominic withdraw after his second fight due to a strangle, he's OK.

AUGUST 2010 - Training

Patchway sessions continue through out the Summer.

Nice to see the many visitors from other clubs we've already had this Summer.


Had a few problems in July, which have now been rectified, normal service will resume!

Well done to all the players who competed or graded in July.

June 2010 - Bristol County logo Competition

Bristol County Judo needs a logo - do you want to be the one who designed it?

click HERE for more details and how to enter.

19th June 2010 - Westbury on Trym Display

Thank you to all the players and parents who came along to support the display.

Mollie, Kieran, Reece & Tommy did the self defence routine, with Aidan, Laurence, Amy, Charis, Safira, Connor, Alex and Lillian joining in with the rest of the display. Several children from the school got on to have a go. It is hoped we will now make a formal school club link with the school, making them our 5th Yellow belt school club link.

May 2010  - Congratulations from Kanos to Mons to Kyus to Dans

Well done to everyone who graded during May, from 5 year olds to 50 year olds! Great to see all ages progressing through the grades - to see details look at the mini and junior pages.

Theory sheets, there is a different matter - the Minis are putting the Juniors, Youth and Seniors to shame - come on see if you can be as smart as a Kano player - do your theory sheets! It will make your gradings easier!

6th June - Bedminster Open

Second day at Bedminster, this time for the open. Big well done to Amy & Ben for fighting two days on the trot;

Gold - Tom J, David & Sam

Silver - Cameron, Rachel, Domininc, Reece & Kieran

Bronze - Amy & Myles.

Once again the Patchway officials were there to lend a hand.


5th June - Bedminster mini mon

Well done to everyone who fought in the mini mon;

Gold - Lucy "Vrum" England

Silver - Josie Sparks, Ben Guest, Amy Oram, George Phelps

Bronze - Dan W, Cameron & Mollie

Attendance medals to Finley & Ryleigh

Well done to all our officials, Lisa, Alison, Mollie & Myles was even mentioned on the BJA forum for his refereeing, well done Myles!

23rd May - Alison completes Technical Dan grade.

Alison attended a weekend Technical Dan Grading, along with 14 other coaches from the Western Area. Congratulations to Alison who was awarded her 1st Dan black belt.

18th May 2010  - Patchway awarded SILVER CLUB MARK

Second club in the area and only silver club mark in Bristol and South Glos! After a lot of hard work collecting information, going on courses and passing exams. Thank you to everyone involved and to all the parents who have taken on roles, which will help the club continue to grow. For more information about what Club Mark means click

16th May - Pete Murphy West of England closed, 5 Area Champs 11 medallists 25 wins!

Congratulations to everyone who fought, fantastic results from the 17 players who entered.

Gold medals and Western Area Champions Ben G, Dominic, Myles, Reece & David.

Silver medals Rachel, Dan W., & Kieran P.

Bronze medals Amy, Cameron & Sam

For Nathan W. Ryleigh, Finley and Mumbles it was their first Area closed, the last three doing very well loosing in the fights for the Bronze medals. First over12's for Adriana and Aidan.

Thank you to everyone who stayed to the end, so great for the whole club to support each other.

9th May - Patchway Interclub and U 8

Congratulations to everyone who competed to day - all the under 8's did very well. Girls Hollie Shone, Charis Oram, Erin Mccolm, Maddison Watts, Ella Riggall. Boys Tommy Dougall, Harvey Hirst, Curtis Owens, Matthew Pearce, Harrison Grove, Josh Springer, Aidan Fletcher, Oscar Norton, Ian Taplin, Alex Ymficev.

Inter club competition

Gold medals to Connor Wiltshire, Cameron Nelson, Lucy England, Adrianna Giles and Chris Field.

Silver medals Finley Norton, Josie Sparks, Dan Wiltshire, Ryleigh Jefferies, Amy Oram and Ryan Guest

Bronze medals to Kieran Rose-Owen, Nathan Wiltshire, Stephanie Button

Well done to all, for many it was their first competition.

Nice to see so many children from school clubs at the competition

Huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped - brilliant to have so many people on board. Proving that "Many hands do make light work".

May - Reminder re Theory sheets

Theory sheets are available on the Mini and Junior pages. These sheets were devised by Alison to help all the players progress through their grades. They can be done at anytime through out the year, don't need to be completed in one go. The sheets will help the players learn the English Japanese translations; which in turn will help them with their grades. The grading syllabus is also available on the pages. Next gradings will be happening over the coming weeks, please help your child by showing them what they need for each grade.

25th April - Midland Area U16 Green belt and below. - 3 Golds 1 Silver, 2 Bronzes

Congratulations to everyone who fought today. Only 6 players as British Medallists weren't allowed to enter, being an U16 event we didn't enter some of the younger players.

Amy & Adriana were first up. Amy, at only 9, she was the youngest in her group, this didn't stop her winning both her fights with Ippon, in 4 and 6 seconds. Adriana, despite holding her own against the other girl in their group, lost both fights receiving the bronze. Cameron, had 8 in his group and at the end of the crossover in his pool, they were level and all had to fight again! He fought well and went on to win the bronze, again he is only 10 so did very well in U16 comp. Myles, making the weight by the skin of his teeth, was up next winning 3 of his 4 fights, two of them were so quick they were missed by the camera, to win the Gold! Reece was then called, winning 4 fights, which won him the Silver. David was fighting in fighting in U81's and U73's, he won both his fights, winning the Gold. Very early finish we all left at 2.30pm.

Parents Forum AGM 24th April 2010

Thank you to all the members and parents of members who attended the AGM. Congratulations to the 2010 committee members; welcome to new committee members. Details below on the right hand side along with the job descriptions. If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding their roles, please see Andy (Chair) or Alison (Secretary). Thank you to everyone who helped during 2009/2010.

24th April - Another Yellow!

Congratulations to Mark Owen for completing his yellow belt. Three Seniors this month!

17th April - Double Yellow!

Congratulations to Patchway's newest yellow belts! Lisa Oram and Giles Norton who both completed their yellow belt gradings. Hopefully they will inspire other Seniors to grade!

10th April - Double Dan!

Congratulations to Bristols newest Dan grades - Natasha and Rebecca who both completed line ups to achieve their black belts- Rebecca's lasted 40 seconds in total! Natasha only needed 20 points, but went for a line up anway completing hers in 1 min 40 seconds; this hot on the heels of her becoming one of the youngest National C referees!

Well done to the girls, who continue to be fantastic role models and an inspiration to all the younger players.

Easter weekend - Patchway Girls step out in style

What an energetic and tiring weekend Lucy England & Adriana Giles have taken part in the Sharon Phillips School of Dance biennial show. This year's theme was "Our Favourite Things".

Adriana was in three dances - "Nutcracker" - ballet, "In the Navy"- & "Can Can" - modern.

Lucy was also in three "The Doll Dance" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - modern, "Witch Doctor", Modern & "Yankee Doodle Dandee" tap.

It was a grueling weekend with dress rehearsal Good Friday from    11 till 2.30 then Easter Saturday 9-1pm, meaning no Easter egg hunt for the girls, followed by the first show 5.30 - 9pm .

Easter Sunday & Monday two performances a day, starting at 1.30 pm and finishing at 9pm, giving no time for chocolate eggs and no chocolate to be allowed back stage

All money raised from the show is for CLIC - last show raising  £4,000. Let's hope it does as well this time.

Well done girls for all your hard work, you looked great, & thank you to anyone who bought tickets and came to watch


3rd April - Easter Egg Hunt

.Don't forget to bring clothes to change into - judo suits aren't great for egg hunts!

28th March -  Women's and Girls Competition Kidderminster.

Originally it was 5, but due to injuries and other things on the calendar, only Amy and Rachel made it to compete!

Alison went up to coach and Mollie went along to give her support, Pete was the girls driver and Rich the co- driver!

Amy was up first, in the yellow belt and below category, the first opponent was about 5' 6"! Despite losing that fight Amy went on to Ippon her next three opponents winning the silver medal.

Rachel, having recently graded to orange, was in theU16 open competition, she was the youngest and lowest grade, fought well and despite being a yuko up in her last fight she lost, she deserved her  bronze. The Gold medallist was a blue belt in the England squad!

Well done, be nice to see more girls at the next one!

21st March - Tora judo competition

Well done to players young, and older, who took part in Sundays competition.

Medal role;

Golds to Chris M, Dominic, Reece & Natasha

Silver to Luke, Myles & Reece (yes he got two)

Bronze to Kieran, Finley and Amy

Well done to Rachel and Josie

20th March - British School Championships - Sheffield

Congratulations to Myles who after winning all his fights in Sheffield became the 2010 British Schools Champion!

March 2010 - Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers

As a clubmark club we can collect vouchers like schools can. We would be grateful if you could give any vouchers to Emma.

************COMPETITIONS - important please read.***************

Details of competitions are on the right hand side of this page - please see Lisa (or in her absence Emma or Alison) if your child wishes to attend a competition.

Please note that it is important for competitive players aged 8-15 to enter the Western Area Closed 16th May in Kingsbridge Devon. Last year we had 6 Area champions, lets see what we can do this year.

It is Important that you speak to the right person at the club to deal with your query - if you are not sure than see the job descriptions on the website or in the cupboard on the wall at Patchway. Or just ask someone and they will point you in the right direction.

14th March -  Devon Mini mon - Kingsbridge.

Only four brave souls made the trip south to Kingsbridge on a sparkling Sunday morning and first on the mat was Lucy M. She fought bravely in her first fight, losing to a hold-down. She Ipponed her second opponent and was unfortunate to have to retire injured from the third with a strained shoulder. Lucy's performance ensured she came away with the silver medal. We now know that poor Lucy has a broken collar bone - get well soon Lucy and well done for being so brave. 

Next up were Amy and Rachel. They were the only entrants in their respective categories and faced each other in a best-of-three bout. Rachel outclassed her opponent to win two straight fights, each by a hold-down and came away with the gold medal. Amy got a consolatory silver.

Last up was Chris F who had a cracking tournament until he too was forced to retire. He won three straight fights, the first by a hold-down, the second by an Ippon and the third by a Wazari and a Yuko. During his fourth fight (which was for the gold medal) he fell awkwardly, slammed his face onto the mat and felt unable to carry on. Nevertheless head done enough to win the silver medal.

11h March -  NEW TROLLEY!

Huge thank you to James and Mike W for the new trolley, which has industrial wheels, allowing the additional mats to be pulled easily in and out of the cupboard!

Need a name for it now - might hold a competition for the kids to come up with ideas!

10th March -  Funding for your club course - at last - SILVER here we come!

After waiting for nearly two years Emma & Mark T finally got to attend the final course we need for our next level, Silver Club Mark. Unfortunately we won't be the first in South West as South Brent have already achieved theirs, congratulations to them.

Now it is all hands to the pump to collaite the portfolio and finish the development plan! Then we can plough on with Gold and see if we can get there first!

6th March -  British Judo Women's & Girls Inaugural Conference

About 35 women attended the conference, three of them were Alison, Rebecca and Mollie!

Interesting day, with talks by ex World Champion Joyce Heron and IJF referee Elaine Down.

The afternoon there was a session lead by World Champion  Loretta Cusack and then an introduction to Judocise, which was excellent - watch this space for it comin to clubs.

28th February - Seamills Under 8 and Interclub!

There were some great performances in some hard fought contests. But we showed some good Judo with 3 gold, 3 Silvers and 5 bronzes.


Connor Wiltshire, Bronze Won 2, Lost 2. Ryleigh Jefferies Bronze Won 1, Lost 2

Lucy England Gold Won 3, Lost 2. Josie Sparks Bronze Won 2, injured 2.  

Adrianna Giles Gold  Won 2. Finley Norton Bronze Won 1, Lost 3                 

Cameron Nelson Silver Won 3, Lost 1. Mumbles Silver  Won 1, Lost . Lucy McGuiness Silver Won 1, Lost 1. Steph Button Bronze   Lost 2. Chris Field  Gold  Won 2


20th-21st February - North West Open - Myles 1 second IPPON!

A long weekend - congratulations to all who fought and well done to all who went along to support - Silver for Kieran and Bronzes for Natasha, Myles and Dominic, Natasha only losing out to a youth olympic bronze medallist!

Myles had the fastest IPPON of the competition (or of all time!) with a one second IPPON, you could hear the cheer across the other side of the hall.

A great effort from Sam who won his first 2 fights but was forced to withdraw from his 3rd (quarter final) due to a calf injury - hope its not too serious Sam, and good luck for a speedy recovery.

6th February - Bristol Classic Open

Nice local open so not too far to travel!

Well done to all our players, congratulations to our medallists, Golds for Rachel, Ben & Sam, Silvers for Amy & Reece, Bronze medals for Adriana, Dominic, Tom, Alan, Kieran, David & Lucy. Well done to Cameron, Myles and Connor, all fought well in a hard competition.

30th & 31st January 2010 - Midland Area Open - mixed results

Very long weekend. Well done to all those who fought this weekend. Mixed bag of results, execellent silver for Natasha, taking out some well known players on the way. Bronzes for Kieran, Myles and Dominc. Reece, Sam and Tom winning fights loosing out in the repecharge, Cameron lost out on a hand tei.

Thank you to coaches and supporters!

17th January 2010 - Inaugural Bristol County Mini mon

First Bristol County Minimon - 130 entries! Some players had four pool sheets in their weight categories! All our players fouhgt extremely well. All scoring at least points!

Golds going to Ben G, Rachel & Tom

Silvers to Rachel (2 weight groups!) Cameron

Bronze medals to Josie, Mumbles, Amy & Chris

Attendance medals for their hard work and effort to Finley, Connor, Ryleigh these were the large groups, Fin came 3rd in his group, Connor came 2nd in his Ryleigh lost for a bronze coming 5th over all.

Well done to all our officials.

Very pleasing that all the table officials were Bristol County and all but three of the referees  were Bristol County too!

All the profits have gone to the County, to the benefit of all our players!

31st January 2010 - Membership fees due

Please pay Lisa before the next session if you haven't already.

Mat fees from 1st February will remain £2.20 for members and non-members mat fees will be £3 per session.

January 2010 - Happy New Year welcome back

After a very busy year, including the clubs 30th Anniversary and numerous fund raising events, before we even get to the judo training, displays and competitions!

Club is continuing to grow and as we enter a new year it isn't getting any quieter, gradings this month for all the Kanos and many of the mon players - don't forget those theory sheets! As well as a host of competitions - keep your eyes on the front page of the website for comeptitions, as well as newsletters and the notice board - let Lisa know ASAP if a player wishes to enter!

Don't forget the Kitchen - Sadie needs to grow the team of helpers! Seniors need to dust off their kits and get back to their Saturday lunch time session - help get rid of the Christmas excess!!

19th December 2009 - Christmas Party!

Almost 50 children on the mat, including siblings, busy morning of games! Then a special visit from Father Christmas himself! All the players (including some bigger ones) had presents.

Big THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered over the year to help take Patchway forward. Fantastic to have so many parents involved in the running of the club and the work load shared; if you are looking for a new years revolution, why not do a stint in the kitchen - good way to meet other parents! All the profits from the kitchen pay for the Christmas presents and Easter Eggs!

We are at the end of a very busy year, the club and squad growing ever bigger. Merry Christmas to everyone, here's to a happy, healthy, sucessful 2010.

6th December - Long Ashton Inter club and under 8 training

Our players were out in force. All players doing extremely well. Some wining all their fights. Coming home with a host of medals.

November - Bristol County Team win 2 golds and a bronze!

Well done to the Buffallos, Bulldogs, Butterflys and bears, you made your county proud!

U16 and U12 boys both wining gold and the U12 girls winning bronze.

Thank you to all the offficials.

28th November 2009 - Patchway 30th Anniversary celebrations and Annual awards evening!

Amazing day! Members past and present coming through the door, as well as invited guests. Evening post came during the minis sessions. Players on the mat who hadn't been seen at Patchway for a few years.

Then after many had been to Christmas fairs at various schools, to Patchway labour club for our family disco and annual awards evening.

And the winners were;

Minis section - Most Improved - Tommy Dougall. Spirit of Judo - Ian Taplin. Boy player of the year - Liam Conway.  Girl Player of the year - Safira Taplin. Outstanding achievement and completing the kano syllabus Finley Norton & Ryan "Mumbles" Guest.

Junior section - Most Improved - Josie Sparks. Spirit of Judo - Chris Field. Most Promising - Ben Guest. Ambassador of judo - Sam Finn. Player of the year Kieran Peacock.

There was an additional award this year presented by Steve Hammond, BJA Regional Development Officer, to John on the 30th anniversary in recognition of his years of service as Head coach.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the day such asuccess. We should be proud of having a club where so many people are involved in making it a sucess.

Thanks to Timpsons at Bradley Stoke Tesco for the fantastic deal on the engraving of all the trophies.

19th November 2009 - Kieran Short listed for South Glos Young Sportsman of the year 2009!

Fingers crossed for Kieran for 3rd December when the results are annouced! Kieran follows a long line of Patchway stars who have appeared at this event! Alison won olunteer awards in 2003 & 2007, John won Community Long Service award, Oliver James won disability sportsman of the year 2007 and last year Sam won the award Kieran has been nominated for. Good luck Kieran!

14th November 2009 - The Kano Badges Have Arrived!

In our biggest Kano grading ever our mini session players graded from Kano 1 to Kano 9!

Nearly 20 players, some pictured, were awarded the Kano badges during October. With our own Finley and Ryan "Mumbles" achieving the top award of Kano 9, just two months before their 8th Birthdays.

Well done to Safira who has now completed her Theory 5 certifcate, no mean feet for the length of time she has been coming to judo!

Congratulations to all the minis! Keep up the theory sheets!

1st November Bristol County Area team selection

Well done to the following players who have been selected for the Bristol teams, and to Mollie, Reece and Rebecca who have been asked to be Team Managers.

Bristol County Squad Players

Team Managers

Mollie Finn U12 girls, Reece Peacock U12 boys, Rebecca Maslen U16 boys



Cameron Nelson U34, Tom Jenkins U38, George Phelps U42 & Alan England

Dan Wlitshire U46 & Ben Guest over 50's


Myles Nelson U34, Dominic Nelson U38, Sam Finn U55, Kieran Peacock U60,

reserves Reece Peacock U55 and O66 David Giles


Lucy England U25, Josie Sparks U36, Rachel Bennett U44 with reserve Adriana Giles

Amy Oram U48 U12
24th October 2009 - Sponsored swim, one hour - 200 lengths!

As if the new starers hadn't done enough today, Natasha, Sam, Kieran, Reece, Holly P, Dan W, Ben G, George, Rachel, Amy, Finley, Mumbles, Tommy and Andy all put on their costumes and trunks ready to swim! Between them they swam 200 lengths! Fantastic achievement! If anyone still wants to sponsor them, it's not too late!

Big thank you to Andy for organising the whole swim that we shared with Stoke Lane u11 and u12 teams.


18th October 2009 - Sponsorship for Sam!

Sam has received a letter & cheque from Sports aid! Sam was put forward for Sports aid last year by the BJA, when he won the British Championships.

As well as his cheque from Sports aid, Sam is also being Sponsored by an ethical sports clothing company, Field to Podium, who sponsor budding sportsmen and women aged 12-16. At the moment the clothes are only available in this area in TESCO in Hartcliffe, or online at as the TESCO adverts say, "every little helps". 10% of all field to podium sales goes towards the sports aids fund.

18 October - Plymouth Open - Squad of 17, 14 medals, 4 gold, 5 silver & 4 bronzes, 1 Mumbles mascot!

Well done to everyone who fought. Thank you to the supporters and coaches.

Luke is writing the report which will be posted as soon as it is received.

NB if any supporters would like to submit a report for any of the competitions, please feel free to do so. Not all players who fought are in the photo as some players had left before it was taken

17th October 2009 - Bag Packing at Morrisons!

A team of bag packers headed of to Morrisons lead by our own Fundraising Coordinator Robert! Lovely to see lots of new members there to support the club. Robert said it was a good day and was pleased at both the turn out of supporters (could have done with a few more packers between 4pm-5pm) and the positive response from the shoppers. A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who gave up their Saturday afternoon. Lisa has counted the money - just over £600!

More fundraising next week with the Swimathon on Saturday.

15th October - England Squad call up letters received!

Kieran and Dominic join an elite group, Rebecca, Natasha and Sam, in receiving their England squad invitation letters! Well done to both of them. Between the 5 of them they have 2 gold, 2 silver and 4  bronze British Championship medals! An inspiration to all our younger players!

11th October - 2009 British Championships!

After a very long day supporting yesterday, Natasha was up early to weigh in for her first year in D band (ages 16-19).

Natasha did very well,  despite losing her first fight went on to win her second, unfortunately lost her next one. Think everyone will agree that a win in first year of D band is no mean feat!

10th October - 2009 British Championships (boys) 21 fights, 10 wins, 5 Ippons - 2 medals!

After a very long journey north, seven of our players, their families, supporters and coaches arrived in Sheffield on Friday night.

Early start for our C Band boys, weigh in at 7am! Luckily our hotel was across the road, so the supporters and B Band boys got to stay in bed a little longer! Just after 9am, before the mats were laid at Patchway, Sam was called to fight, big task in front of him 33 players in his group C Band U55kg, all was looking good winning his first two fights with Ippons! His third opponent was the eventual Gold meddallist, Sam lost by a yuko. Dropping down into the fight for Bronze, he lost his next fight and was out of the medals. Dominic was up next, C Band U38kg, 6 in his group he won 3 fights, one with an Ippon, to secure his place in the final! Congratulations to Dominic on his SILVER medal! Next was David C band U81kg, his first Championships, always daunting,10 in his group he was the lightest. David lost two fights, did much better in his second. Up next were, Reece - B Band U55kg, 21 in his group and Myles B Band U34kg, 12 in his group. Reece was winning his first fight, got caught with 12 seconds to go. 2nd fight started the throw but was unfortunately countered. Myles lost his first fight, which was hard, pulled back to win the next two, sadly lost his fourth narrowly missing out on the medals.

Kieran was the last to be called, 12 in his group, losing his first fight meant it was now a longer road for a bronze medal, but he was ready! Winning his next fight he was fired up and ready to go all the way to the bronze! After that there was no stopping him, winning the rest of his fights to get to the fight for bronze. Here he was faced with the player who had beaten him in the first round. Kieran knew what he had to do this time - with his 2nd Ippon of the day, he won in less than a minute, leaving the boy & his coach stunned and Kieran with a bronze medal!

Well done to all the players. HUGE THANK YOU to all the supporters and coaches!

GOOD LUCK and fingers crossed for Natasha, who is our only girl fighting today as Rebecca is injured.

4th October 2009 - Tora judo low grade competition - Everyone's a winner!

Not to far to travel, but with the roadworks on the M5 longer than usual, we headed slightly south to St Katherine's school at Pill.

A squad of 12 entered, for Tommy, Liam and Laurence it was their first full blown competition. I am very pleased and proud to report that every player won at least one fight! With Laurence and Tommy, after several fights, losing the fight for the bronze, pretty good in a pool of almost 20! The medal role call is as follows, 3 Golds, Mollie, Chris and Cameron, Silvers for Finley, Mumbles, Rachel and Lucy, Bronzes for Amy, Ben & Liam. Tommy, Liam and Laurence really earning their squad t-shirts- well done all of you!

26th September 2009 - First for Finley!

Finley became the first New Star player to complete Theory 6! Well done Fin, I think there are some over 8 players who could learn from Fin!

Fin and Mumbles will take their Kano 9 badge in October the last person to pass Kano 9 was Sam - hopefully the boys will follow in Sam's footsteps!

12th September - Western Area Trials for British Championships

Fantastic news, all 8 entries into the trials, hosted by Bristol County and held at City Academy, qualified for the British Championships! Congratulations to Myles, Reece, Kieran, Dominic, Sam, David, Natasha and Rebecca! Good luck in Sheffield. Well done to the coaches for entering the right players to the trials - watch out there will be more stars shining through next year!

6th September - Bristol Half Marathon and Heart of England - shiny silver for Dominic

What a busy day! Bristol, Luke and Robert were limbering for the half marathon, Kieran, Reece, Myles, Dominic, Sam & David were travelling to Birmingham!

The judo day was longer! Luke ran an amazing 1 hr 53 mins and 58 sec and Robert did very well (remember Luke is slightly yonger!) coming 20mins later (haven't got exact timings) Well done and HUGE THANK YOU to both of them; if you haven't got any sponsor money for them yet -it's not too late!

Meanwhile up on Birmingham 900 competitors were fighting! see attached for full report! (coming soon- when it is received)

3-7 August 2009 - South Glos Soccer School

Six stars took part in the soccer school this year Sam F, Jack S, Mollie , Finley, Tommy & Connor!

They spent a week improving the football skills and fitness! All did very well not only being awarded their gold, silver or bronze medals, but Fin was in the England winning team of the world cup, the others winning other trophies in competitions through out the week. It was Sam's 9th soccer school, next year he will be back, but as one of the helpers!

Sunday 12th July 2009 - Western Area Open - Swindon

A late start for a change, we headed along the M4, for a long day! The first group of Under 12's weighed in at 9.30am, but had a long wait before they fought. The girls, Adriana, Rachel and Amy, were called first, but Cameron started fighting first! After not being successful they all agreed they'd give the next weight group up a go! With very happy results, Rachel winning silver, and Adriana and Amy winning bronze, all won a fight. Amy beat the gold medallist in a stunning 27 seconds, but was beaten by the other girls.

Dominic, Myles, Reece & David all had good fights. Sam withdrew through illness; which left Kieran, again, our only medal hope! Kieran was only beaten by the silver medallist, winning a well deserved bronze!

Total medal total, 3 bronzes and a silver! Well done to everyone. Thank you to Lisa who was, unusually, our only competition official today.

11th July 2009 - Patchway Festival Demo

The rain held off just long enough for Laurence, Tommy, Finley, Josie, Amy, Adriana, Reece, Kieran and Sam to give an excellent demo at the Patchway Festival in Scott Park.

Despite the scary black clouds overhead, the crowd seemed to enjoy the show - Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to all who helped with the mats.

Also well done Rob, Colin and David for further boosting the dojo fund with the proceeds from the bric-a-brac stall.

Sunday 5th July 2009 - Bedminster U 8 and Interclub

Small squad of players entered this local event, that didn't mean a small number of medals.

All the under 8's worked hard, well done to Finley, Tommy, Ryleigh, Liam & Oscar.

The over 8's all fought well, with Gold medals won by Josie, Amy, Cameron & George. Silver for Rachel and bronze for Oliver T.

Thank you to all the officials, our representatives were Referees Natasha, Alison, Sam, Dominic, Reece, Myles and Table Officials Rebecca and Lisa.

Thanks again to the Photography team, Giles, Robert, Rich & Emma over £200 of photos sold today! Look at photo sales if you missed a chance today and still would like to buy some!

Saturday 4th July 2009 - We have take off! 30th Anniversary fundraising launch

After 30 years of being tennants, New Star Patchway and Stoke Lane AFC launch their joint fundraising challenge in a bid to build their own home.

A photograph to mark the launch was set up with Jack S. & Sam in football Gi's, very kindly and cleverly made by Jakki and her mum, in the middle surrounded by Judoka and football players.

Thank you to everyone who turned up to the launch. Well done to the self defence display team, their newest member Josie!

Saturday 27th June 2009 - Kieran is our Star!

After a very long journey, Friday for some, Saturday for others, a team of 11 of our players arrived at Crystal Palace - the hottest place in the country!

A very long day, one of the hardest competitions in the Country.

Kieran was our only medallist, winning a very deserved bronze. Losing only to the gold medallist, an England cadet! There were lots of cadets in all the weight groups. Reece & Sam both lost in the fights for bronze medals. Well done to Rachel, Adriana, Mollie, Tom L., Tom J., Myles, Dominic & David.

Natasha was refereeing again, did so well has been talent spotted.

Friday 26th June 2009 - Alison passes UKCC level 2

Just in time for Kent, Alison heard she had successfully completed the UK Coaching Certifcate level 2 - the new coaching pass came in Friday's post. Alison was one of 11 Western Area coaches (the only female!) to complete the first UKCC held in Western Area in Devon.

Saturday 20th June 2009 - Vrum is Thelma!

Lucy "Vrum" England was Thelma on the school float in the Pilining Carnival, they won best children's float! Well done Vrum, you looked fantastic!

Tuesday 9th June 2009 - Star Volunteer - from UK school Games to FA National Young Leaders Camp!

It was a double good day for our Star Time Keeper Dan P. His cage was removed from his leg and he heard the news that he had been selected as the South West  representative at the National Football Association Young leaders camp in July.

Dan passed his exam to be a Timekeeper last July and then went on to be a judo official at the UK school games last August. Since then he has gone to volunteer at judo events and other sports events. It is because of Dan's commitment to volunteering that he has been selected - Dan we are all really proud of you!

Sunday 7th June 2009 - Bedminster judokwai Open - 13 entries 14 medals!

Day two at Ashton Park Sport Centre for many! A tougher competition today for everyone.

Our only Gold medallist was Dominic winning the very last fight of the day! It was his second medal as he had already won the bronze in a higher weight group!

Ben G. also won two silver medals, one in the U12 & the other in U16, bringing his medal total to 4 in one weekend! Tom was our other silver medallist, in a hard final. For the rest of our players, amongst the injuries secured 9 other bronze medals between them, well done to Amy, Rachael, Mollie, Cameron, Myles & Alan in U12 and Reece, Kieran & David in U16's. Tom L withdrew with an injury, we wish him well.

Total 25 medals over the weekend - pretty good result from our Squad.

Our officials were active again; Table officials Rebecca, Lisa, Dan, Mollie & Reece and Referees Natasha & Alison.

Chris made recovery after yesterdays injury to return today as one of our Photographers!

Once again a HUGE THANK YOU to the Photography team, who worked tirelesly over the weekend. Photographers Giles, Steve & Chris and sales Richard, Emma, Phil & Simon - over the weekend we took £250 in photo sales.

Thank you to Paul and Bedminster Judokawai for their support with the Photographs.

If you would like to purchase any photos please click on photosales on the left hand toolbar.

Saturday 6th June 2009 - Bedminster judokwai Mini mon - 12 medals for 10 Stars! Plus two new refs!

A nice local competition, so not too early a start!

The day was off to a great start with Josie, Rachael & Cameron up first all winning their first fights and going on to all be unbeaten - 3 golds in the bag from the stars! Next up was Amy, despite losing her first fight, went on to win the rest, going on to take the silver.

Next up were Ben G & Dan. Ben was in two groups, which got confusing. Winning 5 fights altogether, just losing won, he took the Gold in one group and the silver in the other. It was Dan's first competition, he did very well taking the bronze in te group where Ben had the Gold!

We then had Mollie, with Rachael in her second group of the day. Mols took silver and Rachael did very well to take the silver.

After a long wait, Tom J., Myles & Tom L. got to fight! Tom J seem to have a pattern of winning his in 15 seconds, winning the Gold. Myles was pretty speedy in winning his fights too, there was another Gold! Tom L. had a silver sandwich, losing his first and last fights, but winning the middle one, securing the silver medal! Total of 6 Golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronzes! Chris Field was injured but was still awarded a bronze medal - we wish him a speedy recovery!

Whilst this was all taking place, Myles & Reece were taking the practical part of their referee exams! Both did very well, impproving through out the day, passing to make 6 Junior refs in 3 families!

Natasha and Alison were also refereeing, Lisa and Mollie were table officials.

Huge THANK YOU to the PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM, who sold over 20 photos - we have now hit our first £1,000 on fund raising for the NEW DOJO!

*******Change of training times from June************

As from 2nd June training at Patchway on a Tuesday evening moves to 6pm-7pm, this is because the Youth club will now be used from 7.30pm.

Setting up will be from 5.45pm and we need to be cleared up and out of the building by .15pm - this change is until further notice.

As from June, Judo will be at Seamills on Mondays and Wednesdays with no more training at Ashton after 28th May.

Sunday 24th May 2009 - Competition Officials refresher training, Ashton - New Junior refs the club!

On Sunday Mike held a training session to bring everyone up to date with the new competition rules.

During the day Reece and Myles took their level 1 referee exams, passing with 100% & 95%! Well done boys; that brings the total of junior referees to 6!

Sunday 17th May 2009 - Western Area Closed - 6 Area Champions!

An early morning for some, and a nice night away for others! A team of 14 of our players joined 4 other clubs from Bristol County to make up a team of 24.

The day started slowly but thankfully picked up!

All players fought very well and many won fights despite not winning medals.

Congratulations to all our medallists. Our new Area Champions are Rachael, Mollie, Ben G, Dominic, Sam & David, our bronze medallists are Amy, Adriana, Tom & Myles.

Well done to Connor, Cameron, Reece & Kieran who were all unlucky not to be in the medals.

In total Bristol County had a total of 12 Golds and 6 bronzes, coming 3rd in the Area, Devon coming 1st.

Our Officials were Lisa, Natasha & Alison. From Bristol County, Mike G. Mark M & Derek.

Friday 8th - Sunday 10th May 2009 - 10th Anniversary Western Area judo camp - Brean

Twenty families from the club travelled south to Brean to attend the 10th Anniversary. Sadly Luke couldn't be with us, for th first time since 1999, leaving John and two others who had been to all the camps!

Gerogina Singleton, European & Commonwealth Gold medallist 2002, was our Coach for the weekend - see Brean 2009 page for photos and more details

Sunday 26th April 2009 - Kidderminster Green belt and below & Kyu grade

Hot off the press the story so far (11.30am!) Amy has won gold in the Under 44kg girls and is going to fight in the U48 kgs! Well done Amy!

Click here for full report

Saturday April 25th 2009 - New Star parents & Coaches "Doing Time"

11 parents and Luke, went to the Stoke Lane evening with the band "Doing Time". The football club were raising money for the ladies and mens teams to go on tour. They gave the judo club tickets to sell and they allowed us to put the profit for each ticket in to the Dojo fund. The Football club made us vey welcome and we all had a very good time. The first of many joint functions as we continue on our Quest to build our new home!

Sunday 19th April 2009 - Patchway Inter club - Great turn out from New Star players, officials & volunteers!

Thirteen under 8's took part in the morning training session, all trying their very best through out the morning. Well done to Rhys, Liam, Oscar, Laurence, Ryleigh, Ben D., Nathan W., Tommy, Finley, Mumbles, Vrum & Kelly.

Nineteen red and yellow belts took part in the afternoon winning a total of 20 medals between them!

8 Golds for Danielle, Chloe G., Josie, Adriana, Dominic S-C, Cameron Chris & Ben G.         7 Silvers for Lucy, Amy, Chloe S., Connor W., Aidan W., Tom L., & Adam D. 4 bronzes for Amy (yes the same Amy, who "fought up" in a heavier group, to give the less experience  fighters an extra fight! Well done!) Stephanie, Rachel B. & Oliver T.

Competitions can't happen with out the officials and volunteers; thanks go to Mike from Yate, Derek from Long Ashton & Paul from Bedminster, and our own officials and referees; Rebecca, Dan, Lisa, Judy, Natasha, Dominic, Alison & Mollie.

HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARENTS AND SIBLINGS who helped make the day such a success. From baking to raffle prizes, from putting out the mats to selling food, toys, raffle tickets & photos! Several families helped even though their children weren't competiting! Others were there after or before their children fought, it was lovely to see the community support that there is at the club.

We can't forget the Photography team! Well done to Giles and Patrick for fantastic photos! To Robert & Tom for the sales! If you didn't get a chance to buy photos, all is not lost. Photos are available to view here


April 2009 - Important changes to Western Area Judo camp!

Due to coaching commitments with the National Squad, Kate Howey will unfortunately not be at Brean for the 10th Anniversary. Kate has however found us an excellent replacement - Georgina Singleton, Commonwealth and European Champion.

We look forward to welcoming Georgina to Brean.

11th April 2009 - Easter Egg Hunt

Over 50 children, players, siblings and cousins, took part in the great new star Easter Egg hunt at Patchway. Thank you to Julie M and Lisa for organising it all.

Another thank you to Julie for this weeks Easter cakes!

April 2009 - Important changes to selections for British Championships

The BJA has reverted to the old scheme of area selections for entries into the British Championships.

Selections will take place 12th September at a competition to be held at City Academy, Bristol. The top four for each weight & age band will be entered into the British Championships. Further details here.

4th April 2009 - Kidderminster Green belt and below - Our Boys in Bronze hat trick!

Cameron, Myles, Dominc and Reece all went to Kidderminster for a lunch time weigh in, accopmanied by an injured Kieran and his pink cast! Caneron was first up, unfortunately was knocked out before the medals. Myles & Dominc were in the same weight group and both came away with bronze. Reece had a little wait and was a yuko up in the fight for the final and lost by a wazari in the last 10 seconds; he completed the hat trick of bronzes! Well done all of you.

15th March 2009 - Tora Judo Kai Open - Birthday Bronze for Luke!

With a squad of 21 players, we went to Ashton Park school to take part in the Tora Judo Kai open.

It was a tough competition, all our players held their own, with large groups we managed a total of 17 medals!

One gold in particular was very special, Alan England won  his first over 8 Gold medal! Alan was the over 8 from the club to  win a gold! Further Golds went to Tommy and Mumbles. Silvers won by Vrum, Ben D, Dominic, Cameron N & Mollie, which leaves 9 Bronzes won by Liam, Rachel, Adriana, Myles, Tom J, Reece P, Kieran, Ben G and our birthday boy Luke!

The rest of the squad Amy, David, Tom L & Chris fought well, (Amy even beat the bronze medallist in her group). For several of the players this competition means they will now be presented with their club squad polo shirts.

Well done to everyone.

March 2009 - DING DONG...............

....Avon calling! For those of you who have read the newsletter you will know that Emma has become an Avon lady to raise funds for the new Dojo/clubhouse. Emma now has the books and order forms, so the more you treat yourself - or persuade your family too, the more is raised! If you would like a book and an orde form or 6, then see Emma at the club sessions or email her at - all payments should be in cash or cheques payable to "New Star Patchway". MARCH ORDERS TO EMMA BY 28.03

12th March 2009 - Joint Sports Association

At a meeting between New Star Patchway Judo and Stoke Lane Football club, it was agreed we needed a name for a joint sports association to be the umbrella group for the new clubhouse/dojo. Both clubs are celebrating their 30th or Pearl anniversaries this year. If anyone has any ideas for names, fundraising or contacts then please contact the Chair of the fundraising, Robert Chandler.

To start off the fund, the football club have given us tickets for a band "Doing Time" & Disco at Patchway Labour club on Saturday 25th April. If you would like a ticket please see Alison, raise money by having fun!

Saturday 7th March 2009 - Wedding bells, with action photos!

Congratulations to Jules and Steve who got married on Saturday.

Our own rovering photographer and webmaster was there to take the photos; not as many action shots as usual for Giles! Best wishes to the happy couple from everyone!

Sunday 1st March 2009 - Golden Girls secure the team trophy!

A team of 15 players went to the Pyramid club in Filton to take part in their Under 10 & Under 16 low grade competition. Having won the team trophy last year, hopes were up for winning it for a second year!

Off to a flying start was "Vrum" who was the first player of the day to win Gold! It was a a bit strange for our players who as some of the rules were a bit different; main one begining taking the grips before the referee called Hajime! It was a very successful day, all the girls won Gold medals, Lucy E, Rachel, Amy, Adriana, Lucy M (after a very long weight! - it was worth it!) and Mollie. Finley, Mumbles, Dominic S & Ben D, won silver, Elliot won a bronze the rest of the boys winning Golds Ben G, Myles, Cameron N & Chris F. Excellent first competition for Chris, winning his ifrst fight with a 5 second Ippon. With 10 Golds, 4 silvers and a bronze, for the second year, we won the team trophy - well done all of you, you made your coaches and parents proud! Thanks to all the supporters!

Saturday 28th February 2009 - Ashton Under 8 trg &  - medals presented by Natasha - see her news below

All the under 8 players trained hard and competed very well in their training fights.

Well done to everyone who took part.

In the Interclub, we had 8 entries. Everyone had at least 2 fights, all fought well, we saw some lovely Ippons from our young players. Golds going to Chloe, Adriana, Tom L, & Ben G. Silver to Josie, who was in the same group as Chloe. Bronzes to Amy, Cameron N and Stephanie.

To add to the ever growing number of officials we have at the club, Sam passed his level 1 referee exam, brining the total number of Senioir & Junior officials to a dozen!

John annouced that Natasha has been called to trials for the Under 20 squad for the Europeans! Well done Natasha, we are all have our fingers crossed for you!

Thank you to everyone who organised the competition and who helped on the day.

Thank you to all the officials from, New Star, Bedminster judokwai, Yate Star, Bristol Judo Hartcliffe and Long Ashton judo club.

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd February 2009 - North West Age band

On Saturday Sam was our only player at the competition. It was a 9.30am weigh in, 1st time in 3 years Sam went up a weight group, to Under 50's. There were 14 in his weight category, he was due to fight at 12.30pm. He made friends with Gareth from North Wales, who was there next to the mat supporting Sam until he was called to fight in u66's himself.

Sam's first fight went to Hantei, his first ever, he won with a unanimous decision, proving all Sam's fitness training had paid off! Next fight was a bit quicker, drop Seoi nage win in 20 seconds; well he'd already had a 6 minute fight! Third fight went to golden score, Sam swept his opponent and went straight in for the hold down. Fourth fight, Semi final, it was all even, then Sam's opponent came in for drop seoi, Sam blocked it - video evidence, but then rolled, the other player was awarded Ippon. Sam then had to fight for bronze. Sam through his opponent with a drop seoi for a wazari, then finshed in style with a Te Guruma! Sam won bronze, not bad for his first U50 competition.

The Maslen's and the Curtis's travelled to St Helens on Saturday ready for the competition the next day. At 8:30 Jay Curtis, from Yate Star who trains at New Star on Thursdays and Natasha Maslen weighed in. Jay ended up fighting U55s and Natasha U63s, both in C band. At 11:00 they were both called to the mats.

Natasha had 13 in her weight group, which is a lot for girls. She fought her first fight and won by ippon, in under ten seconds. Her second fight was unfortunate by losing to a competitor from the England Talent Squad. But came firing back by winning her next two fights, again both in under 20 seconds with ippon. Lastly, she fought and won the fight for the bronze against another girl from the Talent Squad.

Jay had 20 in his group. Unfortunately he lost his first fight but made a remarkable come back by winning his second fight against a boy from the England Squad, by a hold down. After a long hour and a half wait he had his third fight. Due to controversial refereeing he lost by a yuko.

They both fought really well and did their clubs and the area proud.

Sunday 1st February 2009 - Midland Area U 20 age band C & D

Due to illness and injury Natasha was the only player representing the club in the C & D band comeptition.

Natasha's weight group, under 63s, was called to the mats at 10:30 . About 10:45 she was up for her first fight, which she won by an Ippon throw. In her second fight she was up against the girl who won silver at the British Championships. After about a minute and a half Natasha won by a strangle. Her third fight was the final against the girl who won the British Championships. Nervously, through the fight, we watched as it continued. Finally, Natasha threw her opponent for Ippon. After all her hard work Natasha won gold. This was extra incredible as the two girls she beat were not only number 1 and 2 ranked in their weight group they are also members of the England Talented Squad. To add on to her success she earned10 points towards her Dan grade by winning her second fight against a Dan grade. Natasha is grateful to her mum for coaching and supporting her. Rebecca went along to support her big sister having pulled out the competition due to illness and injury.

Saturday 31st January 2009 - Midland Area U 20 age band A & B

A squad of 7, Sam, Kieran, Reece, Dominic, Myles, Mollie & Tom J, travelled up the M5 to waht we knew would be a long day for supporters and players as the B band players weighed in at 8.45am and the A band at 11am!

The day didn't start well when after no more than 10 seconds in to his first fight Sam injured his foot! He tried to carry on, but in the end the pain got the better of him, he spent the next 2 hours in Walsall A & E. Reece was in the same weight group as Sam, fought well but was unable to get a win. Dominc was on next in a large strong group, he managed two good wins. Kieran was up next in U55! Again he fought well, close second fight but a win was not to be, What seemed like forever Mollie fought, we knew her first fight was going to be a hard one, 12th mon, she did well, not even giving up when she was being held down! Her second fight she was a yuko up; school boy error when she got up from a hold down, when she "miss heard" the ref! Myles and Tom again had a huge group, with some very expereinced players. Myles again fought well, but no win. Tom managed a win, which meant things got harder!

In spite of not having any medals, the players did work hard. It was always going to be a hard one! Well done to Scott, yate Star who won 3 fights in B Band U50's.

Sam would like to thank his Physio, Steve Griffin, who was up at mountain in Wales at the time, but with a photo of Sam's injured foot, he sent instructions to Alison to minimise and the damage to his foot and help the healing!

Sunday 25th January 2009 - Bristol Classic

A squad of 14 went to the competition, Amy, Adriana, Rachel, Tom J, Myles, Dominic, Tom L, Reece, Ben, Sam, Kieran, David, Rebecca & Lucy.

Tough competition, as always.

Silver medals won by Reece and Ben

Bronze medals won by Rachel, Sam, David, Rebecca& Kieran

Well done to all the players and thank you to the clubs officials, Alison, Lisa, Dan, Rebecca and Mollie.

Match report to follow.

Saturday 24th January 2009 - From 6 to 7

Well done to Finley & Mumbles who successfully passed their Kano 7 award. They will now have white belts with one blue tag. The boys very confidentally demonstrated to the whole group; they are excellent role models to the lower grades.

Sunday 18th January - 1st Kyu & Dan grading

Rebecca and Natasha went for their first Kyu and Dan grading. They had three fights each, one of them being against each other. Natasha got 30 points and Rebecca got 20 points towards their Dan grade.

Thursday 8th January - From 18th to 1st - First success of 2009!

Congratulations to Rebecca & Natasha Maslen, who successful passed their 1st Kyu grading; converting from Junor to Senior grades. We wish them Good Luck for next week end at the grading.

Happy New Year!

Hope you've all had a nice break and are raring to go. Judo starts at Ashton on Thursday 8th and at Patchway on Saturday 10th.

Membership renewals are due by 31st January and new mat fees take effect from 1st February 2009 - see below.

There are a few competitions coming up, so don't forget to let Lisa know ASAP if you child wishes to enter.

2009 Brean booking forms are available to download if you click on Brean 2009 link on the side bar.

End of another successful year for New Star Bristol!

With the judo sessions over for the year we can look back and say 2008 was certainly a good year for New Star, can we better that in 2009?

With the competitive squad growing, there is room for more champions. There is lots of theory for both the competitive and non competitive players to learn. As for our officials, we have Senior & Junior referees as well as Senior and junior table officials, we are going from strength to strength. One thing is for sure the ethos of us being a "family" club will continue. We already have mums, dads and siblings who get involved, so if you'd like to get involved then don't be shy. "MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!"

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, successful 2009!

2009 Membership   fees are due by 31st January- there is no rise for annual membership, but there is an increase in mat fees; first for 3 years.

Patchway £2.20 per child for members, £3 for non members,

Ashton will be £2.50 per child for members, £3.50 for non members. Adults £3 and £4 respectively.

These prices will take effect 1st February. Which ever club you are a member of, you pay members fees at the other.

Saturday 20th December 2008 - Patchway Christmas Party

Great turn out again this year. With over 50 players and siblings. Giles was able to take a new group photo. We were lucky enoughto have a special visit from Father Christmas again this year!

As three of the awards winners were unable to attend the Presentation night at Ashton last week, the Patchway awards were given out again, as well as squad t-shirts to Rachel Bennet, & Robert Sheppard.

Dan Peacock was given a special Table offical t-shirt to mark his committment to the club, and make him part of the competition squad.

Sunday 14th December - Long Ashton Under 8 & Nov- 4th mon Under 12's

It was another early start for the New Star players, most of who were at the Awards presentation the night before.

The Under 8's were up first and had an enjoyable training session on the mats. With only three girls in this group, Vrum England had to be put up several weight categories. She won one of her two fights and came second in the group. Stephanie Button did very well, finishing third.

Not to be outdone, the boys also had a successful competition. Finley Norton won all three of his fights and came first in his group. "Mumbles" Guest won two of his three fights and finished joint first in his group. Tommy Dougall won both his fights and came first in his group. Ben Davison won one of his two fights and came second in his group. Oliver James drew one of his two fights and finished joint-second in his group. Liam Conway and Ryleigh Jefferies did well and finished third in their groups and Oscar Norton did well in his first competition, coming third in his group.

The Over 8s were on next; Lucy McGuiness did well in her first competition, winning one of her three fights and gaining a bronze medal. Cameron Nelson showed why he was awarded the "Spirit of Judo" the previous evening by winning all three of his fights and gaining a gold medal. Harrison Mizen won one of his two fights and gained a silver medal. Amy Oram should now be called either "For Goodness Sake, Hold Them Down!" or "The Koka Kid" because in one of her fights she performed five Kokas, two Yukos and a Waza-ari. She lost her other fight but gained a silver medal.

New Star was again well-represented on the official side with Dominic Nelson and Natasha Maslen refereeing, Lisa Oram as table-official and both Rebecca and Natasha Maslen helping with the Under 8s training and supervising the Over 8s.

Saturday 13th December 2008 - NEW STAR ANNUAL AWARDS EVENING

Well done to all New Star players for their performances over the past year. The awards were presented at the Ashton club on Saturday 13 December and the evening was well-attended despite the final of "X Factor"!!

The Patchway awards::

The Ashton awards:

Under 8 Girl - Lucy "Vrum" England

Under 8 Boy - Ryan "Mumbles" Guest

"Spirit of Judo" - Tommy Dougall

Most Improved Player - Reece Peacock

Ambassador of Judo - Daniel Peacock

Most Promising Player - Finley Norton

Player of the Year - Sam Finn


Player of the Year (Under 8) - Ethan

"Spirit of Judo" - Cameron Nelson

Most Improved Player - Dominic Nelson

Ambassador of Judo - Natasha Maslen

Most Promising Player - Myles Nelson and Tom Jenkins

Player of the Year - Natasha and Rebecca Maslen

Best Senior - Jack and Pat Dymond

Nationals - Lucy Monks  


Photos available here

Squad T-shirts were awarded to Josie Sparks, Adriana Giles, Cameron Nelson, Connor Wiltshire and David Giles

Congratulations to everyone! Let's hope 2009 is equally as successful.

Sunday 30th November - Salisbury low grade Red, yellow & orange belt competition

After an early start, we were all seteld in to our seats at Riverside leisure centre in Salisbury. With a team of 8 players, 4 boys and 4 girls, fighting in 6 categories!

As usual they were short of referees and time keepers; New Star were at he ready again! On the back of her latest referee exam, Natasha was already there to referee. Alison had her kit in the car "just in case", and Lisa was ever ready with her stop watch along with Mollie ran a table!

It was a slow start, with many weight groups and categories being amalgamamted, which could have been daunting but our players dealt with it admirably.

Well worth the trip as the medals show, Golds for Cameron B, Ben and Mollie, Silver for Alan and Bronzes for Myles, Amy, (in spite of a three second IPPON win over the gold medalist!) Rachel and Adriana.

Well done to all of you for your fighting and team support! Once again thank you to the supporters - with out you they wouldn't be there!

Thursday 27th November  - Sam Finn - South Glos 2008 "Young Sportsman of the year/"

Sam has been awarded South Gloucestershire "Young Sportsman of the year" for his judo feat together with his football achievements. BBC Bristol's Geoff Twentyman described him as "an outstanding sportsman and ambassador for sport". A spokesman for the council said "there were more entries then ever before for the awards. Sam deserved the award for his judo achievements alone".

Sunday 23rd November  - Western Area Team feast

It was a long day, but well worth it with Bristol taking three golds and two silvers & a bronze!

Congratulations to all the Bristol Squad players, with our contribution being Sam F, David, Dominic, Reece, Myles, Alan, Tom, Cameron N, Cameron B, Connor W, & Max

Mollie, Adrianna, Rachael, Amy, Chloe, Josie & Jade.

The competition couldn't have happened with out the New Star First aid team; Steve, Pete, Roni and Alison (with Simon from Bristol Judo Hartcliffe). Or the New Star officials, Natasha, who passed her referee exam during the day, Judy who took her Recorders exam! As well as Lisa, Roni, Alison, Mollie and Kieran.

Thank you to Ben G and Rebecca for being a team attaches, looking after the teams.

A special mention to Jack S and Kieran P for all the running around they did! To all the New Star volunteers who helped and haven't already been mentioned, Dave, Neil, John, Luke, Julie, Emma, Laura, Richard, Colin, Jules and Sue. To Giles for his fantastic photography - see below. To all the supporters making it a great TEAM event. Once again the team work enforcing our ethos of being a family club! If you were there, click below to see if you can see yourself!

Click to see photos from the day.

Saturday 8th November 2008  - Yate Interclub

The over 8's Nov to 4th Mon had a very successful outing again to Yate.

The girls were up first; Jade led the way, winning 2 out of her 4 fights and gained a silver medal. Next up was Josie in her first over '8' competition; she also did very well, winning 2 out of her 3 fights and also won a silver medal. Last up was Amy; she won 2 out of her 3 fights (losing to a girl of 11) making it 3 silver medals in all for New Star.

A big "thank you" to Jack Smith for helping the girls during their warm-up and for coaching them during their fights.

So with the girls all doing so well it was then over to the boys. Cameron Borg, Cameron Nelson and Kieran May were up next. Cameron Borg won all 4 fights and took gold, Cameron Nelson won 1 out of 4 and got 4th place bronze and Kieran May fought very well and got 4th place bronze as well. It was then George's turn; he tried very hard, even coming back from an injured knee in his second fight to take a bronze medal. Last up were Aidan May and Robert; both boys fought well, Aidan won 2 out of 3 and took silver and Robert took bronze. All the boys did very well; all the other clubs had experienced coaches helping them whereas our boys only had Lisa with her limited judo knowledge.

The club was also well represented on the official side with Alison, Mollie, Kieron Peacock and Dominic refereeing and Dan, Mollie, Kieron Peacock, Dominic and Lisa all time-keeping.

Very well done to all those who took part; your club is very proud of your achievements, keep up the good work.

Wednesday 29th October 2008   - We have a new member!

Congratulations to Giles, Andrea, Finley, Oscar and Alfie on the arrival of baby Stanley.

As you can see the Norton family are taking full advantage of the club family membership rates!

Friday 24th October  - Mr Postman ...........

Letters from the BJA dropped on to the mats of three of our players! Sam Finn, Natasha & Rebecca Maslen all received letters informing them they had been selected to be members of the England squad 2008-2009. Well done to all three players & Good Luck!

Saturday 11th October  - British Championships 2008........Sam is our Champion!

On Friday afternoon there was a mass exodus up country to Sheffield. Seven Stars, were off to make their mark at the British Championships. After a long journey with hold up on nearly every motorway, we all made it to our hotels. The girls had to weigh in a 8.30am, so it was still an early start to Rebecca, Natasha & Lucy. More relaxed start for the boys weighing in at 11am.

Tough for the girls, all of them being in the same weight group u63kg. As you all know form the head line at the top Rebecca & Natasha Maslen won bronze medals! (See match report).

Next we had the boys, Dominc Nelson, u34kg, Reece Peacock, U42kg, Sam Finn, U46kg & Kieran Peacock, u50kg. This was Dominic, Reece and Kierans first British Campionships. Being December birthdays, the Peaocock boys were the youngest competitors there ! All three first timers fought extremely well we are very proud of them.

A nerve racking day was had by all thanks to our own Sam Finn; there was something about him that morning, he was ready to be a winner.

When he won his first fight, we all said, "Oh good he's won a fight" Then as the fights went on, it was "Oh my he could make it to the final!" Then when he won the semi final, it was "he could be the British Champion!"

There was then a 2 hour weight until Sam's final. Sam would like to thank all the people who stayed to support him. All the medallists, including Natasha and Rebecca paraded on to the competition area, behind the Union flag and the flags from the four home countries. You've guessed it Sam was in the last group to fight their finals! Like a film, he was the last fight to finish! To make sure the referee and judges knew he could do judo, he scored a Koka, a Wazari, 2 yukos, and then held his opponent down for the IPPON!   With a bronze in 2005, a silver in 2006, the Gold was what Sam needed to complete his set!

Congratulations to all the players, who did themseleves proud, a mention to Jay & Scott from Yate Star, & Reines, from Weston, who train at Ashton.

Sunday 5th October  - Ippons from Walsall to Hartcliffe.......

While our Orange belts were in Birmingham at the A Band National Championships our Red belts and under 8's were in Hartcliffe!

As ever Tom & Myles had huge groups; and of course they were fighting on adjacent mats at the same time! Tom won two fights, Myles won one and Mollie won one. They all fought very well and we are proud of them. Lele from Weston , who trains at Ashton won bronze, well done to her.

Over in Hartcliffe Finley, Ryan "Mumbles", Josie, Ryleigh & Tommy won all their fights! Watch our for them in the future! With Nathan H & Lucy "Vrum", only losing one each. Well done to Jack, Stephanie, Daniel, Nathan W & Liam.

Over 8's Amy won the Gold, not bad for her first over 8! Cameron N won silver Niall & Sam D got bronze.

Well done to our officials, Lisa, Mrs Wind & Dominic! Without them there wouldn't be any competitions!

Sunday 28th September - Devizes Age band Open - Rebecca is our golden girl.......

The Devizes open (or Pinewood interclub - 220 entrants 50 from Pinewood!) Saw New Star players shine, with Rebecca winning Gold in the u16 u63kg category. Then there were a handful of bronzes from Natasha, Sam, Kieran & Mollie! Reece was close to a bronze, losing in the fight for the bronze in his group. Pat & Jack were up against hard competition, fighting most of the players who will be in the mens world cup next year! Well done to all our players, the were all stars and did us proud!

Not only were our players out today, so were our officials, Alison was refereeing, Dan, Judy & Mollie time keeping!

Saturday 20th September 2008 - Display team promote New Star at Little Stoke Festival

New Star Patchway was asked to be part of the Little Stoke festival. The the dispaly team preformed their self defence routine, and then worked with children and adults to give them a judo taster session.

Thank you to Luke, Sam, Kieran, Reece , Jack & James.

Saturday 20th September - Bronze for Alison!

Accompanied by John, Julie, Lisa, Mrs Wind & Mr Finn, Alison was presented her Bronze BJA volunteer's award by Densign White, Chairman of the BJA and Simon Kirkland, on behave of Running sports, at the BJA awards dinners held at NIA in Birmingham.


Sunday 7th September - Natasha wins Bronze!
Heart of England 2008. With players fighting in the B & C bands it was alwas going to be a long day......the C bands weighing in at 9am & the B band players at 1pm!

Huge congratulations to Natasha for her bronze medal in u 63kg C bands. A big pat on the back for the rest of our competitors, Rebecca, Sam, Dominic, Reins, Kieran & Reece who fought extremely well and should be proud of their fights. Pease note if John says "nothing silly" when you've got 20 seconds or less to go then it means nothing silly!!!

Saturday 6th September 2008 - Wet & Wind.........

It may have been wet and windy but that didn't stop the Stars and the families and friends heading out for the New Star Patchway annual family outing! Good fun was had by all, from toddlers to the oldest adults!

Some children did need a change of clothes! Big thank you to our own Mrs Wind (aka Julie Windows) for organising it and to everyone who has bought food & tuck, the profits went towards subsidising it!

Now everyone needs to eat & drink more so we can buy the Christmas presents!

Some photos are available here! ...........evidence that it wasn't just the children having fun!

STOP PRESS - 2009 Brean dates 10th Anniversay 1999-2009

Get your diaries and calendars out the dates for the 10th Anniversary of Brean judo camp are Friday 8th 'til Sunday 10th May. For more details or to book a place See Julie Moore or email John .

Or Check out the Brean 2009 page for a booking form!

Friday 29th - Sunday 31st August - UK School games - Filton WISE campus

Players from England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland arrived at Filton WISE campus to compete in the judo at the UK school games - New Star were there to do their bit to support the event. We provided our mats to be used for the warm up area; thank you to everyone who helped with the mats!

Dan Peacock, Jack Dymond Rebecca & Natasha Maslen were part of the team of table officials. Alison Finn was responsible for the generic volunteers for the whole site. And our own John Bath was asked to present medals as Chairman of Bristol County judo!

There were a good number of New Star members in the spectators area - it was great to see Mumbles best mate Kate Howey too!

England won the overall team trophy - look out one day it could be one of our players in the team not just helping to run the event.

A representative from the Youth Sport trust commentated on how good the volunteers had been and would like us to encourage them to sign up to volunteer at the Olympics!

For more information on the games, to see video footage - you might see a familiar face click on to

Friday 8th August 2008 - Cross Training

Well done to the New Star Patchway contingent who participated in the South Gloucestershire soccer school this week - a great effort from Mollie, James, Sam, Connor, Tommy and Finley - all worked hard improving their soccer skills (mainly to improve judo fitness, obviously.) Check out the trophies!

Saturday 2nd August - What a surprise!

A very shocked Julie was seen at her "birthday party" on Saturday 2nd. Julie thought a lot of fuss was being made of her birthday - she soon found out why when she arrived to see not only birthday balloons and banners but "Congratulations on your Engagement" banners too! She was speechless, then John produced the ring! Don't go rushing out for new hats though, wedding date not for 12 years!

July 2008 - He's done it again!

After a break of 6 years John is again a Western area coach. Last time it was the girls and now he is the Western Area boys coach.

John will be running Area sessions for orange belts and below and separate sessions for Orange belts and above.

Watch this space for details of the first training sessions!

Tuesday 22 July 2008 - Don't Argue part II, and Time Please!

Well done to Natasha who recently completed her level three referee exam and to Dominic, Mollie and Kieran who passed their level 1 exams. Alison passed to be an Area referee. Mike Guatieri, National A referee was at Patchway on Tuesday to present the badges.

Mike said it brought back memories of when he did his first referee course 20 years ago at Patchway, organised by John. Being a National A referee Mike is often the Senior referee at competitions, and is the highlest level referee in the County. He referees from Local to Area and National competitions, and will be refereeing at the UK School Games in August.

At the time keepers course on 19th July, there was 100% pass rate - from New Star; Judy, Rebecca & Natasha Maslen, Lisa Oram, Julie Windows, Roni Giles, Dan Peacock, Jack Dymond and Alison Finn. All they have to do now to get their accrediation is be time keepers at 4 competitions. Dan, Rebecca, Jack and Alison got one under their belts at the last grading on 20th July.

Dan, Jack, Rebecca & Natasha will be volunteering at the UK school games so they will be well on their way. This together with our newly qualified referees means we are well on our way to Silver club mark!

Saturday 17 July 2008 - She's done it again!

Not content with her recent South Gloucestershire award, Alison has gone and scooped another - this time its a BJA Bronze award for volunteers!

The British Judo Association Voluteer Recognition Programme is a meaningful way to provide recognition for outstanding performance and contributions by a club volunteer who has played an instrumental role in supporting British judo's development.

The presentation ceremony is on the 20th September at the same time as the prestigious Judo World Cup event at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.

Way to go Alison - it is very well deserved!

Saturday 12 July 2008 - Luke's Wedding!

Congratulations to Luke and Karen who tied the knot on Saturday. We were somewhat concerned that there wasn't a wet weather plan as the rain lashed down on us over the short sprint up the M5. However, good fortune prevailed, and the sun came out just in good time for the photos and Patchway squad's guard of honour! Emotions and tears flowed in equal measure, but enough about Luke, didn't Karen look lovely?

The judoka certainly rose to the occasion and looked very smart in their white kits - well done Mums, Dads, judoka and of course Mr Bold Automatic! (Other Detergents are available...)

Sunday 6 July 2008 - Patchway Community Sports Association Demo - Scott Park

Despite the grey clouds looming overhead on Sunday, John, Alison and Luke and 19 willing judoka reported for duty on the mats at the Patchway Sports Association's "Get into Sport" day. Not quite sure how we managed to escape the downpours earlier in the morning (or later in the afternoon) but the rain stayed away (as did most of Patchway, unfortunately! - must have been those grey clouds!)

The highlight of the day had to be the juniors doing their excellent self-defence demo and the flying display (check out the photos!)

Many thanks to all who helped with the organisation and mat removals - your help was much appreciated.

28th-29th June 2008 - Kent International at K2

Big congratulations to Rebecca and Natasha who won silver and bronze at Kent at the weekend in the u63 group.

Commiserations to Tom and Sam who narrowly missed out on medals despite excellent performances, and well done to Reece (Star of the Day!), Lucy, Mollie and Myles (tough groups!) and Dominic and Kieran (Oi Ref!). Great performances in the face of tough odds - We are proud of you all!

Click here for the full story!

Saturday 28th June 2008 - St Michael's School Judo Demonstration

Well we couldn't have hoped for better weather on Saturday for our demonstration at St Michael's School in Stoke Gifford. Fifteen judoka from New Star Patchway and St Michael's gave a great demo of warming up, ne waza (groundwork) and tachi waza (throws). Many thanks to John Wheeldon, Bristol County Coach, for running the demo and for taking the Patchway sessions in the morning, while our coaches supported our older judoka at the Kent International competition.

If you saw the demo and fancy having a go, why not come along to Patchway Youth Centre on a Saturday Morning - the under 8's session starts at 9.30 and the over 8's start at 10:30 - all are welcome and the first session is free!

Some photos from the day are available here

Table officials course now scheduled for Saturday 19th July

As the table officials course in Bath in May was cancelled, we have managed to arrange another one, this one is being held at New Star Ashton.

If anyone would like to attend the course, then please complete the form below and either give it to Lisa, so we can send them together, or if you prefer email it direct to Karen French at the BJA (email address on the sheet). If you do email it straight to Karen, could you let Lisa or Alison know.

It is not a huge commitment after you have done the course, only three competitions a year, as Ashton have two and Patchway have one. So you'll never have to leave the safety of the club! It would also be useful for parents of competitive players, to help understand how competitions work!!

Course Poster  Agenda  Booking Form

Sunday 15th June - Western Area Open - Gloucester leisure centre

From a team of 9 we took 1 Gold, 2 Silvers and 4 Bronzes!

As usual in this open event, the standard was high, in the U16 category there were World Class start badges everywhere you turned!

This didn't deter our players, Myles was unlucky and lost his first two fights, which meant he was out, Dominic in the Under 16's had it even harder as he was given a score by a line judge that wasn't seen by the referee and went on to lose in golden score.

With hard groups Tom won the bronze medal in his, Sam won the bronze in his, being drawn againt the gold medallist in the pool, who was the only player he lost to! David took the bronze he had a close fight with a world class start player.

For the girls, a full house - all of them winning medals, Natasha won the Gold, beating a black belt, who'd fought in the Senior comeptition earlier, & Rebecca the silver, still nursing her bad ankle, in their group. Lucy won bronze and little Mols not letting the girls down with a silver, fighting up a weight group again (where are all the u40kg girls?)

Saturday 31st May - Bedminster Judokwai Mini Mon
Sunday 1st June - Bedminster Judokwai Open

The Mini Mon on Saturday was an Orange belt & below competition with great results for the Under 12s - Cameron Borg, Kieran Peacock and Mollie Finn each winning gold; Myles Nelson, Ben Guest and Aidan May took Silver and Alan England and Reece Peacock Bronze.

In the under 16s competition, Dominic Nelson took Gold and Jack Smith took Silver.

Click to see photos from Saturday's Mini Mon

In the Open on Sunday, Lucy won Gold in the U57s; Natasha, Sam, Kieran and Mollie won Silver; Rebecca, Alan, Dominic and Reece got Bronze.

Reece actually beat the Gold Medallist, but final positions depended on points, so he narrowly missed out. Myles also just lost out in the fight for bronze - Unlucky Guys!

Well done to all who took part!

Sunday 18th May - New Star Ashton Competition

In the Under 8's training session, everyone put in a great effort and did themselves proud. Well done to Amy, Steph, Ryan Nathan H, Nathan W, Jack, Tommy and Harvey. Congratulations to Lucy and Finley who won all their fights!

Well done to all those who took part in the Interclub. Congratulations to Ben, Dominic, Cameron N and Tom who each came away with Gold; to Myles and Kieran who narrowly missed out on Gold to take the Silver, and to Reece and Luke who took bronze

Click to see photos from the day.

Saturday 17th May - Don't argue with the referees...

Alison, Sam, Mollie, James, Kieran and Dominic went to Salisbury to attend their first Referee course. Natahsa went to as a veteran, she was going to do her level 3! It was a long day, as there seemed to be a few "older people" there that weren't sure of the new rules!

We are pleased to say that our guys all passed their theory exam and will be taking their practical at the Area grading on 20th July. Some of you may have seen Alison at her first time out on the 18th at Ashton!

Lisa, Julie W & Roni will be attending their time keepers course on 31st, Good luck to them.

9th - 11th May - Brean Judo Camp

Well, Brean is over for another year and what a scorcher! The sunshine certainly made up for the deluge suffered by last year's campers.

World Champion and Olympic Silver Medallist Kate Howey was back for the fourth year running and gave some great insight into her favourite throws, turnovers and choke techniques. Kano or Dan grade, there was something for everyone to have a go at, and to take away and perfect. Turnout on the Sunday afternoon session was excellent, despite the hours spent in the pool on Saturday afternoon, the late karaoke nights, and the BBQ on Saturday evening!

Of course none of it would have been possible without all those people who helped to organise the event and with moving and setting out mats - thanks to you all!

Will Brean 2009 surpass 2008? Its a tough act to follow, but we're on a roll... See you there!

Click here to see some photos from the weekend!

Tuesday 20th April - Gold for Natasha at Samurai U18's

On the 20th April Natasha travelled to Kidderminster to fight in an under 18 competition. She had five fights altogether and achieved a gold medal. She won 4 fights by Ippon and 1 by a yuko. Well done once again!

Tuesday 1st April 2008 - Kate Howey visits New Star Patchway to present Clubmark award

No April fool - Olympic silver medallist, Kate Howey MBE, came to New Star Patchway to present us with our Bronze Club Mark award! We were very lucky as she even took the session! Luke "The Fall Guy" Tavener made a very good uke!

What a Fantastic evening, it was great for the children to have Kate come to the club, as many of them know her from our annual Brean Judo camp. To our players Kate is the David Beckham of judo! Karen French commented that having achieved the Bronze Club mark standard we had inspired other local clubs to follow suit. Achieving the award is not only good for the club, but also for Bristol County Judo and Patchway area.

Some photos of the event are online - click here to see them!

A BIG THANK YOU to all who helped with the food and organisation.

Sunday 23rd March - Bedminster & Sea Mills competition.

Natasha, Rebecca and Lucy entered an intermediate competition (14 to 17yrs). They all fought very well. Only 6 girls were entered so they put all the girls together. Lucy fought her best (being the lightest player in a combined weight group) had to fight a 1st kyu and Natasha, unfortunately she was eliminated at the pools stage.

Natasha and Rebecca both had 4 fights each. After both winning their semi-finals they met each other in the final. It was Rebecca who took the gold and Natasha the silver. Well done to all three girls.

Sunday 16th March - Samurai Junior Green & Under Championships, Kidderminster

Gold & Silver in two weight groups!

After a VERY long day the boys came home with 4 medals in two weight groups! Dominic and Tom had to fight each other in the u34kg final, close fight, Dominc won gold. Again in the U46kg Sam and Kieran had to fight each other in the pools and then again in the final, so it was Gold for Sam and Silver for Kieran in the u46kg weight group. Myles fought well, lost out in the fight for bronze. Reece won 2 lost 2 sadly didn't receive a medal!

Well done to all the supporters who had a very long day in Kidderminster - bet everyone is glad Mollie didn't fight 'cos the girls had to fight even earlier!

Saturday 15th March - Bristol Aztec Rotary Club Swimathon - Bradley Stoke

Just to let you all know how the teams got on!

The Junior team, Mollie, Holly W, Holly P, Adrianna, Amy, Ben, George & Finley swam 91 lengths in 55 minutes.

The age 13 and older team, Luke, Sam, Jack S, David, Lisa, Jules S. Nick W & Phelpsie swam 148 lengths in 55 minutes.

A BIG THANK YOU to all our swimmers and to all the people who sponsored them! If you haven't got round to sponsoring them, it's not too late - please see Lisa O the next time you are at judo, we have a couple of weeks to get the money in - 50% of the money raised goes to the St. Peter's hospice and 50% goes to the club.

Thursday 13th March - Patchway boys win medals at Footie too!

Our very own Jack, James & Sam, known at Stoke Lane u13's as Captain Jack, Perry & Finny, played in the Gloucestershire Football Association (GFA) cup final against Yate United.

The boys arrived in their white shirts, club ties and club jackets, quickly changed in to their team tracksuits for the warm up. Stoke Lane were very much the underdogs, being in the equivalent of the Championship of the Avon Youth league, as opposed to the Yate Utd premiership side.

It was a wet foggy night, but from the beginning Stoke Lane led the play! By half time they were winining 1-0, no one could believe it, least of all the Yate fans!

The second half was the longest 35 minutes ever! But when the final whiste blew, Stoke Lane Under 13 boys were the winners of the GFA Cup! Well done boys!

They will now go on to play against other County finalists in the Regional Finals. Watch this space for more footie news.

This goes to prove that you can be good at more than one sport, and that doing different sports helps you excel! Thank you to the other judo club players who were there to support, Josh, Mollie, Josie & Alison!

Tuesday 11th March - New School Club link with Coniston Road Primary.

Coniston Road Primary invited us to do a demonstration on Tuesday 11th March. Luckily as we already have some players from the club at the school we already had a ready made display team, Ben, Mumbles, Chloe, Natalie, Kieran & Kara, all took part, and were brilliant!

They all did their throws and hold downs prefectly and made the coaches proud!

Sunday 2nd March - North West Age Banded

Natasha, Rebecca and Lucy took the long road north to St Helens. This was a high standard competition with all the world class players entered. All three lost their first round fights but they all bounced back to win their second fights.

Unfortunately, they all lost their third fights and didn't manage to medal at this competition. All three fought really well and did not let themselves down.

Sunday 24th February - Kidderminster

On the 24th February, Natasha and Rebecca Maslen fought at Kidderminster in a youth competition (14 to 17yrs). With two pools of 3 players, both girls won their pools and then went onto win their semi-finals fights before meeting each other in the final.

On this occasion it was Rebecca who took gold and Natasha silver once again.

Wednesday 6th February - Alison wins a South Gloucestershire Community Award!

It was announced today that our very own Alison Finn has won an award in recognition of her outstanding contribution as a volunteer, especially with regards to sports and young people.

The awards show South Gloucestershire's appreciation at the extraordinary work and dediction undertaken by volunteers within the community. And we'd just like to say that it is very well deserved and add our own thanks, so Well Done Alison!

The awards ceremony will be held on the 7th March.

Take a look at Alison's Award!

Sunday 3rd February - Pyramid Judo Club BJC Competition

New Star win Pyramid Competiiton Team Trophy by 6 clear points!

11 players entered and they won 13 medals - 6 golds, 6 silvers & 1 bronze! All the players gave 100% (and may be a little bit more!)

A great TEAM effort! Well done, once again THANK YOU to all the supporters!

Click here full report!

Sunday 27th January - Bristol Classic Open

As ever a tough competition, one that turned out better for the girls than the boys! All the players fought well, some only lost by yukos, most won fights, however we did manage three medals, Gold for Natasha, Silver for Rebecca and Bronze for Mollie! Well done to all the others who fought, Dominic, who fought up a weight group and lost out for the bronze, Alan, Tom, Myles, Lucy & Sam.

Well done to our honorary member Jayson Curtis, Yate Star, who won Gold!

Thank you to all the supporters, especially Finley, Oliver & George!

Click here for pictures!

Saturday 22nd December - Annual Awards and Christmas Party

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Sunday 9th December - Long Ashton

Brilliant day for New Star on Sunday at the Longashton Inter club. All our under 8's did us proud, especially Finley who won all his fights! Well done to all the under 8's who took part, Finley, Daniel, Liam, Jack, Ryan "mumbles," Amy, Willow and Stephanie; for many of them it was only their first time!

The over 8's were up after lunch. Cameron B setting the standard in the u24kg catergory by winning all his fights and achieving GOLD! Cameron N had tougher group and sadly missed out on a medal. Gold for Tom and Bronze for William in the u30kg's. In the Under 34kgs, Alan England took silver, after loosing to the player he'd beaten in the groups, George did extremely well winning the bronze medal. Unfortunately Ben couldn't fight as there was no one there in his group, they'd probably heard about him from the teams!

Sunday 25th November - Western Area Teams

Two teams from Bristol entered the annual South West Region Teams event. For the second year running it was hosted by Bristol County Judo, and held at City Academy School. Teams entered from Devon, Dorset, Gloucester & Somerset.

The Bristol 8 to 12 year old team won GOLD, despite only having six players in a seven man team!

Also, despite a new rule change which meant they were three players short of an eleven player team, the 12 to 16 year old team came a comfortable third, bringing home bronze medals. Everyone look out when our younger players join them!

Click here for full report

Sunday 28th October - Western Area Grading

Well done to all took part! Click here for full report

Saturday 27th October - Halloween Party

Good fun was had by all! The Winners of the Fancy Dress Competition were:

  • Best Boy - Finley Norton
  • Best Girl - Amy Oram
  • Best Dad (Grandad) - Derek Johnson
  • Best Mum - Emma Peacock

All were rewarded with a Terry's Chocolate orange. Well done to all those who dressed up!

Saturday 13th/Sunday 14th October - Junior National Championships

Strong opposition combined with a little bad luck meant New Star did not finish in the medals this year, however, lessons have been learned and the squad is already looking forward to next year!

Click here for full report

Saturday 22nd September - Gradings

Congratulations to all of you who have successfully graded this month, for names and grades see the Minis and Juniors pages.

Sunday 16th September - Samurai Kidderminster Green and Under Competition

Congratulations to all who fought, Bronze medals to Dominic Nelson, Cameron Nelson, Jack Dymond and our only girl in the competition Mollie Finn (full match report here)

Saturday 8th September - Court Farm Trip

All had at great time at Court Farm - Sixty of us turned out to enjoy the fantastic weather - the kids made the most of it as New Star Bristol took over the adventure playground. During the animal feeding, the sound of country and western music was briefly drowned out by the screams of Holly and Amy, as what were almost certainly the biggest 'lambs' in the world galloped towards them at full tilt. Thankfully the girls survived their encounter with killer sheep.

The Maize Maze was probably the biggest hit, judging by how difficult it was to extract the kids at the end of the day. Thanks to Julie Windows for reorganising at the last minute (and still managing to negotiate a discount!)

Sunday 21st July - Halesowen

Some great performances in the Midlands...

  • Rebecca Maslen - Gold
  • Natasha Maslen - Bronze
  • Dominic Nelson - Bronze

Click here for full report

Sunday 28th July - Mid Year Presentation

At the Mid year Presentations on 28th July the following players received Certificates for excellent attendance & commitment at judo training: Josh Bardens, Harry Bardens, Oliver Bardens, Cameron Borg, Scott Bridgeman, Adam Dawkins, Sam Dorrigton, Alan England, Sam Finn, Chloe Gibbs, Adam George, Caitlyn Griffiths, Ben Guest, Ryan Guest, Eva Hanney, Tom Jenkins, Aidan May, Kieran May, Rebecca Maslen, Natasha Maslen, Domonic Nelson, Myles Nelson, Finley Norton, Amy Oram, Kieran Peacock, Reece Peacock, George Phelps, Chloe Scammel, Josie Sparks, Alex Williamson, Holly Windows, Jack Windows & Aidan Woodman.

New members were added to the New Star Bristol squad, and they were awarded their Squad t-shirts, see the competition page for more details.

Sunday 25th July - Bronze ClubMark Award for Patchway

New Star Patchway has been successful in achieving the Bronze level of the BJA Club Recognition Scheme and the Sport England Clubmark.

This BJA Club Recognition award acknowledges the high standard achieved by the club in the promotion and delivery of judo. The Sport England Clubmark is a prestigious kitemark designed to recognise a well-managed club, giving players, parents, schools, local authorities and other agencies confidence in the way in which the club is run and carries out its activities.

Click here to view certificate

Sunday 8th July - UKU YAMA Competition Winterbourne

What a fantastic day for New Star - 10 Golds, 5 Silvers & 7 Bronzes!

Well done to all of you, you made your club proud!

Click here for full report

1st July 2007 - Taunton Grading

The following players went to Taunton to be graded on Sunday. All players won at least one fight and were promoted as follows:

  • Rebecca Maslen from   12th Mon          to   18th Mon         
  • Natasha Maslen from   12th Mon          to   18th Mon         
  • Lucy Monks from   12th Mon          to   14th Mon        
  • Pat Dymond from      8th Kyu      to      6th Kyu      (Senior)
  • Jack Dymond from   7th Mon        to  10th Mon       

Theory grades:

  • George Phelps from   Novice         to   1st Mon        
  • William Shaw from   1st Mon         to   2nd Mon        
23rd - 24th June 2007 - Kent International

All the players fought well, congratulations to Rebecca & Natasha Maslen who both fought under 63's and both won bronze medals.

Click here for full report

17th June 2007 - Western Area Open
  • Luke Tavener U73kg - Silver
  • Alan England U30kg A band - Bronze
11th - 13th May - West of England Judo Training Camp 2007
A good shot of the campers with Kate Howey MBE!
6th May 2007 - Western Area Closed Results
A squad of nine, from New Star went to Kingsbridge on Sunday 6th May, to take part in the annual Western Area closed event. Gold medallists from this event are the “Best in the West”. The New Star squad certainly had its share of medals.

  • Gold went to Rebecca Maslen & Lucy Monks.
  • Silver to Natasha Maslen and Tom Jenkins.
  • Bronze to Mollie Finn, Miles Nelson & Jack Dymond.
  • Fifth place went to Alan England, who had a very tough group.

The New Star points were added to the rest of the players from Bristol clubs, Yate Star, Shiro Kwaido, Sea Mills & Bradley Stoke, and for the 3rd year running Bristol County Judo is the BEST IN THE WEST!

Double Trouble! Lommel, Belgium - 8th April 2007

Well done to both Rebecca & Natasha Maslem who represented the England squad in Lommel, Belgium on the 8th April. Rebecca was unlucky to lose her second fight (Bad Refereeing? Have video evidence!) whilst Natasha fought her way to a BRONZE medal. Well done to both in what was a tough comp. It doesn't stop there however as both won silver in the Schools!!!!

Pyramid competition Results - 3rd March 2007

Congratulations to all those who entered. We were third in the team trophy, only missing out to first by two gold medals!

  • Gold - Cameron Borg, Lewis Glanvile, Miles Lewis & Josh Barden
  • Silver - Ellis Glanville, William Shaw, Jonathan Iles & John Derrick
  • Bronze - Chloe Gibbs, Kieran May, Jack Hamblin, Sam Dorrington, Oliver Barden & Aidan May

Bristol Classic - Sunday 20th January

  • Gold - Rebecca Maslen
  • Silver - Natasha Maslen
  • Bronze - Lucy Monks

New Star Ashton - Sunday 4th February

Under 8 Kieran May Chloe Gibbs Aidan Norris Annabel Norris Cameron Borg Josie Sparks Jonathan Iles Amy Oram Ryan Guest Holly Windows Conor Skuse Sam Dorrington Adam Dawkins Ellis Glanville Jack Hamlin Oliver James Jack Windows

Over 8's George Lindley Gold, Myles Nelson Gold, James Wright Silver, Kieran Peacock Silver, Dominic Nelson Silver, William Shaw Silver, Mollie Finn Bronze, ZoŽ Baker Bronze, Ben Guest Bronze, Tom Jenkins Bronze, Miles Lewis Bronze, John Derrick Bronze, Reece Peacock Bronze.

Well done to Edward Bevan, Aidan May, Alan England & Lewis Glanville, who fought well but had 9 in their weight group!

Walsall National - Saturday 3rd February

Walsall National A & B band Sam Finn U46 Gold

New Star Patchway

Mini judo Girl player of the year Josie Sparks - Mini judo Boy player of the year Ryan Guest

Mini judo outstanding attendance & commitment to training Chloe Gibbs

Junior Judo outstanding attendance & commitment to training John Derrick

Junior Most Promising player of the year Alan England Junior Most Improved player of the year Kieran Peacock

Spirit of Judo James Wright - Player of the year Sam Finn

New Star Ashton

Mini judo Girl player of the year Jade Poolman - Mini judo Boy player of the year Tom Jenkins

Outstanding attendance & commitment to training Dominic Nelson - Most Promising player of the year Tom Jenkins

Most Improved player of the year Natasha Maslen - Sprit of Judo Lucy Monks & Dominic Nelson

Player of the year Rebecca Maslen

New Star Squad

Squad T-shirts had been given out through out the year to Rebecca Maslen, Natasha Maslen, Lucy Monks, Sam Finn & Mollie Finn. Additions to the squad added at the awards were, Dominic Nelson. Miles Nelson, Tom Jenkins & Jess Iles, bringing the squad up to 9. T-shirts are awarded to players when they have competed at two or more competitions outside of Bristol. Many of you are nearly there. Well done to all the award winners and good luck to every player for next year!

More medals! Even our Seniors! Plymouth open Rebecca Gold, Sam Gold, Natasha Silver, Lucy Silver, Judy silver, Nick Iles bronze!

A squad of 8 went to Plymouth, 3 seniors Judy Maslen, Nick Iles and Pat Diamond and 5 Juniors Rebecca & Natasha Maslen, Lucy Monks, Sam Finn & Jack Diamond. After a long wait Rebecca, Natasha and Sam were all called to mat 1 at the same time! As their fights got underway Judy was called to mat 2! For spectators it was like being at Wimbledon! Sam won all his fights and picked up the Gold! At the end of Rebecca & Natasha's group it was all even with everyone having only lost one each, so they had to go again! This time Rebecca won all hers, giving her Gold and Natasha only lost to her sister, giving her Silver. Lucy ended a string of bad luck wining all but one of her fights, giving her silver. Judy won silver, whilst she was fighting on the other mat Rebecca, Natasha & Sam all one a fight each, so we take our hats of to Judy for having such a long fight! Next up would you believe Pat was called to Amt 2 whilst Jack was called to mat 1, it was Wimbledon all over again! It was the first open for both of them, both fought really well but couldn't but neither orange belts could get past the higher grades. Last but not least was Nick, 3 quick fights but each lasted long enough for him to be awarded bronze! John said it is great to go away with a squad, hopes more of the up and coming yellow belts will soon be coming away to Open competitions

Western Area - Sunday 26th November

The Western Area saw the New Star players competing again, this time for Bristol in the annual Western Area teams. With all to play for as Bristol held all trophies after a spectacular win in 2005. Other county's competing were Devon, Gloucester, & Somerset. Wiltshire & Cornwall unable to raise any teams (or after last year were they too scared to enter?!) Our Novice to 6th mon retained their title as NO ONE put up a team to go against them!?! So that was one down are three to go for Bristol. Next up were the Novice to 6th Mon boys, wining all the matches with a landslide. Two out of two! We knew it was going to be hard for the Novice to 18th mon teams as we were two players short in the boys team and three players in the girls. Both finals went to the wire, the girls only losing to Somerset A on a By (they had an team of 10!). The boys final was equally as nerve racking, when our last player went up to fight it was 5-4 to Devon. After an amazing performance from Sam (Yate Star) he won by an Ippon. A draw we all thought, but no, Devon had another player in the heavy weight category, he bowed on and Bristol boys, as the girls had lost by a by! So the moral of this is we need more players at Bristol Squad training! The next one will be a date to be set in January.. Watch this space!

Red Belt Stars

Our red belts were in action at the Yate Star competition, for many of them it was their first competition, all players fought extremely well. Alan England winning bronze and after being spotted by the Bristol County Coach, was picked for the Western Area Team event at City Academy!

8 trophies in Wales for stars of New Star Judo club

A squad of 10 from New Star Bristol judo club competed in Maesteg at the week end bringing home 8 trophies! The youngsters aged from 8 to 13 travelled to Wales to compete in the annual Maesteg Open competition. Sam Finn,11, won Gold, Tom Jenkins, 8, won silver, with Rebecca & Natasha Maslen, 13, Lucy Monks, 13, Jack Smith,12, Dominic Nelson, 11, Myles Nelson, 9, all won bronze trophies! Jess Iles & Mollie Finn were the other members of the squad. Head Coach John Bath 3rd Dan said "it was great to go away with a squad and come back with so many trophies! Rebecca & Natasha have just been selected for the GB squad, if the younger ones continue they will be with them in a few years!" With Rebecca Maslen winning gold at the Nationals and Sam Finn winning silver, they took John to a total of 25 National medallists, a fitting tribute to John's 25th Anniversary of running Patchway.

Rebecca and Natasha win through to the GB Squad!!!!!

Rebecca and her sister Natasha are now in the National GB squad. Players are picked for the squad on ranking points on two competitions, the Nationals and the Heart of England. Rebecca and Natasha both won 400 points at the Heart of England for winning bronze, and Rebecca won 1000 points at the Nationals and Natasha won 200 for coming 5th. Sam won silver at the Nationals and Heart of England, which are worth 600 points each, however he is too young for the squad as the minimum age is 12! Sam is still only 11! With 1200 points Sam has the most of anyone in his age and weight group! Well done to all three of them; something for all the younger and lower grades to aim for!

More Medals for Newstars Patchway and Ashton

For those of you who haven't heard New Star Bristol have two National medallists.

The first in New Star Ashtons history, but Patchway is now up to 25!

This is very fitting as it is Patchway's 25th Anniversary this year. Well done to Rebecca Maslen who won Gold and Sam Finn who won silver at the GB National Finals.

Sept '06

Well done Sam, Natasha and Rebecca!!!!!

Sam did extremely well in the Heart of England Open Junior championship. He bravely fought his way to a silver medal in the Junior U46kg weight Category

Natasha and Rebecca Maslen both did equally as well both getting bronze medals in the u57kg National B band at the Heart of England.

21st April - Salisbury Open Competition

Well doen to Sam F who won Gold, Mollie F who won Bronze, Natasha M won Silver & Rebecca M who won Bronze, let's hope all our players going to the Western Area Closed do as well as them.

In 1981 at the age of 21 John started a fledgling judo club at the youth centre in Patchway and this year the club will celebrate its 25 anniversary.He has coached over 20 British International players and he has lost count of the amount of county and Western area champions. Although no longer competing he is currently a 3rd Dan black belt and is a county and area coach John can be seen at Patchway, Ashton and many schools and clubs spreading the word of this wonderful sport. He has inspired many players old and young to become coaches and is a credit to British judo - well done John you thoroughly deserve it

He's done it again!!!!!

Having special needs himself, Chris is a fantastic role model to the children he helps He volunteers at the South Gloucestershire Union of Disability Sport Multi-sport club as well as Bowsland Green and Patchway Judo Clubs He completed his Community Sports Leader Award this year and volunteered at this years Sport West Panathlon as additional hours to achieve the award

Well done Chris you're an example to us all

Sam Finn - 3rd best in Britain.

Sam was 3rd National A band Under 42kg boys Finals - Way to go Sam!!!! This picture shows Sam who won a Bronze Medal at the British Open. They are with Craig Fallon U60kg World Championship Gold medallist! Gold medallist Matthew Kavanagh Ford Judo Club, the silver Medallist is Ashley Matthias from Shirokwaido (Bristol).


We have had a lot of players grade over the last 6 weeks, well done to all of you, especially to those who went up a belt. Jess Iles & Jack Smith now have their yellow belts. To earn belts after yellow you have to fight at a grading, Nick Iles, Nick Hill & Sam Finn went to Swindon and were awarded their orange belts.

Sunday 11th December 2005

Long Ashton Judo competition Under 8's & Red & Yellow belts All players can enter this one, for the rugby and football players, Kathy is coming to weigh you in on the Saturday at judo, so you can arrive after your matches! Closing date is Monday 5th so see Tracey or email Alison as we have to post them 3rd December!

IBU competition - 25th September 2005

We were invited to send players to an IBU competition in exchange for lending them our mats, our players made themselves known! Nick Hill won gold, Jess Iles Silver, Jonathan Iles Bronze. What's this Patchway Seniors? Our most experienced competitive player, Luke Tavener and our newest Senior player, Nick Iles, both won all their fights to win a Gold medal each! Well done to all of you.

Patchway Judo Club Competition - Sat 17th September

Patchway Judo club held an Under 8s training session and an Over 8s competition. Clubs competing were New Star (Ashton & Patchway), Shirokwaido, Yate Star, Long Ashton and Sea Mills.

Everyone did extremely well and in the over 8s category the following won medals

  • Gold - Sam, Jack, Josh & Jess
  • Silver - Louis
  • Bronze - Charlie & Jamie

A huge thanks goes out to Mrs. Finn for organising the competition without whom it wouldn't have happened.

  • Competition Controller Kath Bevan assisted by John Bevan.

  • Senior Referee Mike Guateri
  • Referees Derek Johnson, Bob Strahan, Natasha Maslen, Rebecca Maslen, Ross, Laura and table official Mark Maslen.

At judo last night one of the Dad's commented on what a great fighter Charlie was! "The coaches were extremely proud of all the children who took part, particularly the ones who were competiting in the over 8's for the first time". It must be noted that the Parents forum did a stupendous job. The team attended the club on Friday from 21-22:30 setting up the club for the next day and continuously grafted throughout the day. We can't thank them enough - this club wouldn't and couldn't run without them - your club needs you, all help apreciated!!!!!

Role of Honour - Tracey, Nick, Lisa, Julie&Julie, Mrs Scammell, Maria, Jane, Phil, Sue, Andrew and John. Thanks also go to Max Cromers Grandma for all the yummy cakes that she baked for the day.

Cattle Country

Once again the gang went to cattle country and had a terrific time. Thanks go to Jane for organising the day and Tracey & Nick, Jane, Alison, Julie and John for doing the BBQ and organising the day for us all to enjoy.

Cattle Country saw the return of the Bucking Bronco competition, the record of 28 seconds had been held by Alison for two years, but it was smashed this year by new comer Kieran Peacock, with an amazing 51 seconds! He piped Charlie Fettis, who achieved an terrific 48 seconds.

Who will it be next year?

Soccer School

Not just a Judo Club - here some of the gang show off their booty after attending the South Gloucestershire Soccer School at St.Michael's Stoke Gifford.

Bristol Closed

Well done to Jack S, Jess & Sam F for fighting in the closed they all won Silver medals. You might all remember that in the Western Area closed Bristol County won, so getting a silver in the Bristol closed is something to be proud of. Jess also won Bronze in Salisbury. Next Competition is our own on September 17th.

Western Area Closed

Well done to Jess for fighting in her 1st closed competition. Jess & Sam both fought well; they were lowest grades & youngest players in their groups. Bristol County Judo went on to win the competition, Bristol is the Best in the West. Their picture was in the Evening Post!

New Star Ashton Competition - Sunday 15th May

2 Golds & 2 Bronzes for the Over 8's - 2 Golds, & 5 Bronzes for the Under 8's

Jess & Jack both won their 1st Gold Medals this weekend, both keeping a clean sheet! Or in judo terms won all their fights! Jonathan and Natalie (her first competition) won Bronze medals. Mollie won all her fights in the under 8's and won gold. Jamie Fitch won gold, Kieran, Elliot, Jonathan Iles, George & William won Bronze.

Well done to all the players!

Thornbury Competition - Sun 16th January

Well done Sam Finn who won a Gold medal and Jessica Iles who won Silver. All the guys who took part in the U8 training session thoroughly enjoyed themselves and showed that they were all winners on the day by showing signs of definate improvement. Many thanks go to Thornbury Judo Club for organising the day and inviting us to take part.

Ambassador of Judo Shield

Sat 18th December - Each year the club endeavours to Identify someone who within the club has been an Ambassador to Judo and this year was no different. This year the award was presented by Luke Taverner to Sam Finn, not just for his Judo ability but also the way he conducts himself on and off the mat and they way he encourages and helps young and less experienced players.

Sam has now started to enter "Open*" competitions, and although he hasn't yet won an open medal, he did beat a 13 year old blue belt at the Devon open! (*in an open you fight people in your weight group, but they can be any grade) Sam is currently a 6th mon (yellow belt with 3 tags) he trains at both News Star Patchway & New Star Ashton.

  • Sam started Judo when he was 4 yrs 8 months.
  • He was the youngest player every to complete Kano award 9, which he did shortly after his 7th birthday.
  • He won his 1st Gold medal at his first interclub 3 days after his 8th birthday
  • Devon mini mon Silver
  • Western area closed Silver
  • Devizes mini mon Silver
  • Salisbury mini mon Bronze
  • New Star Ashton Silver

Christmas Party - Sat 18th December

The club held a fantastic Christmas Party full of fun Judo related games followed by a visit from Santa who's multilingual skills came to the fore when speaking to an audience from South Gloucestershire. There were some members who Santa brought a present for but they weren't at the party - see Alison. Thanks go out to the following for making a smashing day Adie Carr, Maria Carr, Tracey Hewer, Jane Harvey, Sue Holt, Steve Holt, Tracey Iles, Nick Iles, Luke Tavener, Alison Finn, Anne D and Phil Fettis

Long Ashton Competition

Well done to everyone who took part in the competition who fought really well, in fact all five that attended won medals. Well done to Mollie Finn Gold, Jonathan Iles Silver, Jessica Iles Silver and Jonathan Salt Silver

Working with people with Disabilities

Alison, John and Luke all attended a South Gloucestershire training course for working with people with disabilities. The club's thanks go out to all three for giving up their valuable time to attend this training course.

South Gloucestershire Sports Awards

Chris Summerhayes has been a Judo Player for as long as I've been involved in Judo and I've watched him grow not only in stature but also as an Indvidual. This has culminated in him being voted Young Disability Sports Volunteer at South Gloucestershire's annual sports awards gala held at the BAWA club. Geoff Twentyman was rumoured to be in awe at Chris whilst awarding Chris and a bevvy of young Gymnasts watched Dewey eyed. Chris has moved seamlessly into supporting others in the sport he loves through the Step into Sport program which is a government run scheme for 15-19 year olds. Chris is a role model for both children and adults alike and is a credit to the Kodachi Kwai where he is a player and at New Star Patchway where he ably assists - well done Chris take a richly deserved bow and a big hand .

Don't forget though Chris it's not all about the winning - I wuz robbed!!!

Player Profile

  • Started May 200
  • Favorite saying "What's wrong with him"
  • Seeded 2nd in europe in SEN Judo Category 1 player
  • Grade Brown Belt
  • Young Disability Sports Volounteer award
  • Disability Sport Person of the year - Bristol Year of Sports
  • Favourite Food - Yorkie Bars
  • All round good egg!!

Sue Hannam Memorial Competition

This was a fantastic success on the day with Players from as far as Whitchurch, Thornbury, Yate, Long Ashton, New Star Ashton, Pyramid Judo Club and Team Bath. This was the first competition run by the club since the sad passing of club stalwart Sue who would have been proud to have seen the Judo of her under 7s.

Many Thanks go to Mike Guateri and his refereeing team, Kath Bevan and Carol Taylor and a major thank you to brave souls of the Parents Forum who once again turned in a stunning performance to make it happen, there's too many to mention but you know who you are. Personally I want a refund on me throws poster as I can't read that small!!!!

New Star Patchway are proud to be able to donate £100 from the competition to the Bristol Oncology unit.

New Star (Ashton) Competition

This competition was well attended by the club and all the players did extremely well. For many of them it was their first one. Gold medals Cameron Borg, Phillipa Gale & Jonathan Salt Silver Medals, Jamie Gale, Taylor Carr, Mollie Finn. Charlie Nunn & Sam Finn Bronze Medals Samuel Smith-Ferrier, Daniel Whittington, Michael Nunn, & Nick Hill

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