Elite Player Development Centre – Coaches – Dave Elmore & Fitzroy Davies
Wednesday evening Randori UPDATE – December 2019.
Firstly, we would like to thank the following clubs for their support by encouraging their players to attend weekly Wednesday randori sessions:
Samurai JC, Dudley JC
Wolverhampton JC, Hardy Spicer JC
University of Wolverhampton JC
Worcester JC, Stewart Judo Academy
Bishop Challenor JC
2 A’s JC
Markey Drayton JC
Go Judo (Wales)
Kettering Premier JC
We would also like to thank the volunteer coaches who have also attended Pops (Erdington), Daryl Oakes (Kettering Premier).
We have players that attend on a regular basis of around 30 to 40 players each week which is now the norm, however this term we had a peak attendance for the session of 65 players which is a new high attendance figure. The intensity of the sessions are now focused at competition players and as a result is now a very demanding high intensity training session. We have to remind ourselves that this session is a regional randori session and that there will inevitably be some players who find it difficult and do not return due to the level of player.
We will continue to invite any players up to 10yrs and under (once per month the last Wednesday of every month) for players that are lower graded and have some competition experience, we have been really impressed with some of the younger players and a couple have been invited on a weekly basis.
Again we have not felt the need to approach the Area Committee for any additional finances as there is already provision for players to get access to international events via their own individual clubs, the REDS programme (Regional England Development Squad) England ETD squad and Full England and GB squad programmes which will continue to support players at this level.
We now have a small group of players who continue to attend the free wrestling session beforehand and the session is very complimentary to their judo training.
Competition results from players attending the randori continue to be of a high level including a very successful commonwealth Championships and Cadet/Junior and Senior British Championships and this highlights the excellent work clubs are doing with their players on a weekly basis and by hopefully continuing to meet up on a weekly basis for randori, the clubs will grow from strength to strength.
On a high performance note – as mentioned in the previous update, Kelly Petersen Pollard had qualified for the Junior European championships well she went on to take the European title in the girls U70kg class. She is the most successful junior this season so far and now world ranked number 1. Kelly is the first ever European Champion for her country in this class U70kg and still attends the weekly Wednesday randori session to this day.
I would like to take the opportunity from myself and Fitzroy to thank everyone including players, parent’s, coaches and the Midland Area Committee for their continued support.
Dave Elmore / Fitzroy Davies