domingo, março 23, 2008

Judo club to benefit from £5 million windfall

Judo club to benefit from £5 million windfall
DARTFORD’S high class dojo could be in line for a £5 million cash injection after it was unveiled as the British Judo Association’s choice to house a national performance institute.

Dartford Borough Council has pledged support and will provide land to the value of £1.5m and contribute to the cost of fees for the construction of a British Judo Performance Institute that will be built as an extension to the existing Dartford Judo Club.

Facilities include not only access to the two existing full mat areas, but an additional small matted room for focused coaching and sport science work, a high performance gym and rehab area, a coach planning facility, a performance analysis suite, medical consultation and treatment rooms and staff offices.

The institute would be a base for British Judo stars as they head towards the 2012 Olympics and beyond.The centre at Dartford would be based on other national centres that are already established in France and Japan.

The Dartford Judo Club was chosen as the favoured site because of the existing facility and the opportunity to build a bespoke and exclusive facility.

The institute will be a base for athletes who will also be able to stay in residential accommodation and it will be a venue for day training and squad training camps.

Margaret Hicks, director of World Class Programmes, said: “British Judo is at a critical point in establishing a performance institute and essential to developing a specialist facility is the securing of capital funding.

We have excellent partners in Dartford Judo Club and Dartford Borough Council who have a real willingness and desire to work with us and make this happen.

“To have all of our expert coaching, sport science and sports medical expertise regularly working together out of one performance site will help develop a system which is world class and provide the best possible support for players, coaches and other support staff working across the whole British Judo performance network. Working closely with our funding organisation UK Sport, the new funding cycle leading into London 2012 offers enormous opportunity for judo to meet its aspirations.”

A delighted Alan Roberts, head coach at the Kent club, said: “Dartford Judo Club will be very pleased to enter into this partnership with the British Judo Association.All levels of our own membership will benefit from this great opportunity, enjoying much greater access to higher levels of training, coaching and facilities, and a feeling of really being part of the build up to 2012 and beyond.”

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