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!



Patchway Players, from Novice to 3rd Dan.


Yokoso (Welcome!)...

Prof Jigoro Kano

Patchway Judo club prides itself on being a family club.

The club provides the opportunity for young people and adults to make new friends and keep active in a fun and safe environment. Best of all, family & friends of judo players are welcome to take part in all of the club activities & events.

The club was only the second in the whole of the South West to achieve Silver Clubmark award.

One of the secrets of our success is that the coaches have come through the club as players over the years; all are volunteers. The club is run by amazing volunteers, many of who have won local and national awards for volunteering! Volunteering is encouraged throughout the club.

Our club aim is to help young people & adults to learn judo, build self confidence, self esteem & improve co-ordination and ultimately be the "best they can be".    

The club started in 1967 two years after its home, youth centre was opened in 1965. Our 50th Anniversary is fast approaching - watch this space for details of 2017 celebrations!

Patchway Judo club is committed to helping children and adults reach their full potential, whether they are competitive or recreational players, whatever their ability; ultimately, to become happy confident people!


Professor Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo said, "Judo is a teaching for life itself and with it we learn to overcome the pitfalls and obstacles of everyday living" and his words still ring true. A man of great vision, Kano summed up Judo by saying "it is the way to most efficiently use one's mental and physical strength. By training, one should discipline and cultivate the body and spirit through the practice of techniques of offence and defence, thereby to master the essence of Judo. And, by these means, it is the ultimate goal of Judo to build oneself up to perfection and thereby benefit the world."


Club Headline News

We are in fourth month of online “zoom” judo! 

25 players have graded via zoom, sometimes in involving their non judo player siblings, parents or large cuddly toys! Here some photos of our zoom stars! 

We have had a competition to write “my judo stories”. Really high standard of entries, winners of each age group were Isabelle Rhodes-Fussell, Elosie Locke, Sophie Rundle-Edwards and Meg Locke, all won £10 love to shop voucher, the runners up received £5. 

We have a YouTube Chanel and players and coaches have uploaded training videos and challenges!

We are still waiting for more guidelines from British Judo for when we can return. Watch this space for more information...


Stay Safe and well, we will see you soon.


British Schools 2020 Stanley gets silver


Stanley Norton got a silver medal at the British Schools tournament in the u50kg year 6/7 category.

2019 Club Awards.


Volunteer of the Year

Mike Locke

Senior Player of the Year

Finley Norton

Senior Spirit of Judo

Peter Balog

Senior Most Improved

Simon Robinson

Junior Male Player of the Year

Stan Norton

Junior Most Improved

Reuben Strange

Liam North

Andras Vargas


Junior Female Player of the Year

Eloise Locke

Junior Spirit of Judo

Oliver Bland

Toby Rundle-Edwards

Mini Boy of the Year

Matthew Locke

Mini Girl of the Year

Amelia Bland

Mini Most Improved

Megan Locke


9/11/19 - Coaches and Players attend first Aid Course.

Saturday afternoon was busy at the club as we had a first aid course attended by players and coaches from the Bristol area.


First steps to coaching course

Saturday 25 May Toddy (club vice chair and coach) took some of our junior players to Kingsley school to attend "First steps to coaching" course. 

Combination of class room learning as well as practical on the mat training.

There has been a long tradition at the club of more experienced players helping out on sessions, great they have been able to go on a course to support that.

Well done to all of them, here's to our coaches of the future; 

Alfie, Holly, Izzy, Mack, Patrick, Stan and Vincent (New Star)




Patchway InterClub

We had a great turnout for our Interclub, too many to list here so for all the results click the link below.



Western Area Closed.



A trip to Paignton on the weekend to represent Bristol in the Western Area Closed competition.


Alfie Norton - Gold

Stanley Norton - Silver

William Allison - Silver

Thomas Allison - Bronze

Zachary Wood - Bronze

Oliver Butt - Bronze

Finley Norton - Silver

Sasha Foxon - Silver

Steve Geary - Bronze


Annual Swimathon


Thank you to all the players who took part in the Swimathon this year. Thanks to Parents who helped, Phelpsie for organising and to everyone who sponsored them.


#teampatchway Attendees:- 

Oliver Wilson

Alfie Wilson

Oliver Butt

Oliver Bland

Amelia Bland  

Balaz Balog

Arthur Tipping 

Zach Wood

Sofia R-G

Oscar R-G

Duan Davies

Cerys Davies

Matthew Locke

Eloise Locke

Stan Norton

Finley Norton 

Alfie Norton 

Astrid Briscoe

Evelyn Briscoe

Arvid Briscoe


New Star Interclub



16 Feb

Lovely judo from our players, helping us retain the Bristol county interclub trophy!


Gold medals for

Oliver Butt
Thomas Allison
William Allison

Silver medals for


Bronze medals for

Ollie Wilson
Oliver bland
Harry Partridge

English Open.





Great result at the English pre-cadet and cadet open;

Bronze for Holly in cadets and silver for Isabelle in Pre-cadets.


2018 Club Awards.



Volunteer of the Year

Jo Bland

Senior Player of the year

Josie Sparks / Finley Norton

Senior Most Improved

Steve Geary

Junior Male Player of the Year

Alfie Norton

Junior Female Player of the Year

Holly Morris / Isabelle Rhodes-Fussell

Junior Most Improved 

Oliver Bland


Junior Spirit of Judo

Eloise Locke


Mini Boy of the Year

Ellis Beare

Mini Girl of the Year

Amelia Bland / Astrid Briscoe

Mini Most Improved

Sam Garvin-Smith / Lola Davis


Kent International



This year’s Kent International was over a weekend, Sat 23rd and Sunday 24th June and as usual for the event it was a hot summer’s day.

Saturday was groups A, B & C boys and girls. Stanley, Alfie, Holly and Izzy were fighting.

Sunday the Youth, Senior and Masters groups. Finn, Alex and Sasha had their turn.

All fought well in tough groups, plenty of international players here, Holly and Finn both got Bronze Medals in their groups, Sasha won her group to get Gold Medal.


Good day at the Western Area Closed

Silvers for� Patrick, Holly, Izzy, Sasha and Luke.

Bronzes for Georgia, Stan and Alex.

Liam won 2 fights, sadly didn't medal, losing in bronze fight, tough u34 group,

Henry had fun, which is most important at any competition!�

Thank you to all our players for the support they gave each other!� Well done all of you, you did your club and county proud.�

Bristol University Judo Competition

At the first competition ran by Bristol University Sasha and Josie both fought in the same group and each came away with a medal. Sasha took the Silver and Josie a Bronze.

Alex, Alex, Fin and Steve G also fought.

Well done to all, especially Bristol Uni for organising the event.


Western Area Teams


     Junior Girls - Bronze.                                            Senior Women - Gold.                                        Senior Men - Bronze.

Patchway members played a big part in the success of the Bristol teams at the Western Area Teams event on Sunday in Weston Super Mare.



Click here for earlier news items


Details of Competitions are below and on the newsletter. A list of competitions which are suitable for each player is posted on the club Notice board. This is agreed by the Coaching team. Please ask one of the coaches if the competition is appropriate for you / your child before you enter. The club will do entries for inter clubs - We ask parents / players to enter themsevles for bigger competitions - any problems let Alison know who can enter players on request.


25th January Midland area age band
Feb New Star Interclub & Under 8 festival
March British Schools Championships
May Patchway Interclub & Under 8 Festival




Social Diary






Patchway Judo Club    

Patchway Youth Centre,

Coniston Rd,

Bristol, BS34 5JR

Juniors 6:30 - 7:45 pm Age 7+Up to Orange Belt    
Youth & Senior 7:45 - 9:00 pm Age14 + or Green Belt and above

9.30 - 10.30 am

from 4 yrs to 8 yrs
Juniors 10.30 -11.30 am from 7 yrs - 15yrs
Youth & Senior

11.30 -1:00 pm

14yrs + & Adult

Cost:   £3.50 Under 18 (inc Students in FTE)                      

            £4.50 Over 18 per session -   non members

            We accept - Active in Life ouchers - new initiative from South Glos Council


Alison Finn  Tel - 07974 105179

Luke Tavener

Facebook page @patchwayjudobristol

How To Find Us - ///family.much.friend




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Patchway parents forum meeting every quarter.




Fundraising committee always welcomes ideas.


If you would like a display at your school fayre or a lesson in your School Sports Week speak to Emma or email Alison - NB. Schools normally plan at least 6 months in advance.


Bristol County Training


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