Vale Judo Club moves into Oakham Enterprise Park

Vale Judo club has moved into Oakham Enterprise Park
Vale Judo club has moved into Oakham Enterprise Park
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Award-winning Vale Judo Club has found a new home.

The club, one of the biggest judo clubs in the country, has moved to Oakham Enterprise Park from Pillings Road.

Packed with special equipment, the new dojo (formal gathering place for martial arts) will provide training for members for years to come.

Chairman of Vale Judo Richard Allen said: “We are delighted to have found a long-term home for the club and look forward to helping the local community to try out and progress within the sport.”

Vale Judo’s senior coach Mike Newton said: “We’re extremely grateful for the support of volunteers including local company “Paint it and Plant it” who transported the large sprung wooden floor from our previous base and reconstructed it at OEP.”

Rutland County Council worked with Vale Judo to enable them to use the smaller of two sports halls available for community use at the park.

Its deputy leader councillor Terry King said: “We always knew that Oakham Enterprise Park would present opportunities, not just for business, but also for local community groups and sports clubs. Vale Judo has grown to become one of the leading judo clubs in the country, with several members at an international standard.

“I’m pleased they’ve found a long-term home here in Rutland.”

The new dojo formed in the existing gym at the business park measures 4,100 sq ft and includes changing rooms, showers, viewing gallery and offices.

Rutland County Council has submitted a bid to Sport England for £500,000 to refurbish the large sports hall and outdoor astro-turf pitch and is awaiting a decision.

Anyone interested in using the large sports hall can call Rutland County Council’s sports development manager Charlotte Malyon on 01572 722 577.