Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


Ten years ago The Bishop’s Stortford Judo Club had twelve members, in a church hall and has now grown to over 130 members, 10% of whom compete at nationally for England and internationally for Great Britain. The swell in numbers reflects the growing demand for Judo in the local and wider areas. In order to secure a sustainable future for The Club, a legacy that will extend beyond the next ten years, we have invested in excess of £60,000 into a new purpose-built venue.

This application, ‘Seats for Bums’ will support the ‘bums’ that attend our sessions and events by providing funding towards the seating and a social area we need for our new venue for the club’s growing community. The club currently benefits more than 1500 people, the members aged between 5-55 training 1-2 times a week. As well as the many visitors that come to the club to frequently train, we have attendees who come to our competitions 2-3 times a year, from all over the UK, where we receive over 300 competitors participate at any event. Due to the high calibre of our coaching team, the club has also been earmarked to provide regional sessions by the British judo association for high-level athletes.

In our current premises, we cannot develop or expand our Judo club any further. By providing an accessible and affordable sports facility to a community, the new venue will allow the participation in mat-based sports to grow in strength and depth, for the local and wider community. The Club wishes to offer additional classes, irrespective of age, gender, ability. Removing social barriers to provide a place where all individuals are free to engage in Judo and promote an inclusive community through fun, enjoyable sport - without limits.

A new facility will increase the sporting provision that the town has to offer. Our partnerships already include Herts and Essex High School; Toddler based physical activity groups and an after-school provision for schools near who will all have access to the facility, and by various other community-based sports groups as we continue to build and elicit additional sporting partnerships.

The increased access to sports in the town supports the physical, mental and social needs of the community, whilst providing the well-documented improvements to health and well-being when being a member of a community group. Yet, we need the seating that will bring people together socially, allow parents to sit, watch and connect, a social area for members to come together and to cater for our visiting members, groups and external partners.

The money raised via this application will help towards our seating and social area costs to ensure we're able to get our bums on seats!

Project Video

Bishops Stortford Judokwai

Moment of Pride

We are extremely proud of the community club we have built. Proud of the way the players interact regardless of age, of how well they manage themselves on and off the mat and how we all look after each other, player, parent and coaches alike. We are more than a club, it's a Judo family.

Location: Bishop's Stortford