Vale to open a satellite branch in Stamford

Vale Judo Club is expanding from its Oakham base to run satelite clubs elsewhere in the area
Vale Judo Club is expanding from its Oakham base to run satelite clubs elsewhere in the area
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Oakham’s award-winning Vale Judo Club has revealed plans to open satellite clubs in Stamford, Glinton and Bourne at the start of June.

The club was set up 10 years ago and has rapidly become one of the most successful clubs in the country having won the British Judo Club of the Year award, and seen several competitors join the British training squads.

The three new branches will run at Stamford School’s sports centre, Arthur Mellows College at Glinton and Bourne Youth Centre.

Senior club coach Mike Newton said: “We are delighted to have been able to set up the clubs and look forward to introducing the sport of judo to the community.

“Our classes have been exceptionally popular in Oakham and are always full.

“We also hope be able to extend our long running 
Rutland Schools Judo 
Programme to students in Stamford.”

The Stamford club will open its doors to juniors on June 5 (5.30-7.30pm) initially with classes for children aged 7-10, and 11 to 16-yearolds.

Bourne’s branch will meet for the first time June 4 (4-6pm) for the same age groups as the Stamford club. The club’s branch at nearby Glinton and will be launched on June 13 (6-8pm).

Classes at all the venues will suit youngsters starting the sport and are focussed on helping individuals build confidence, get fit and make friends.

Newton added: “The sport is a safe form of physical exercise for girls and boys, men and women, that provides a great workout that improves stamina, general health and overall fitness.

“Children taking part in the sport benefit enormously as it is well known for helping them develop confidence, concentration and discipline.”

Suits can be borrowed form the club.

To book a place on one of the courses see or e-mail

l Vale Judo Club is also running two holiday courses for beginners at its Oakham base on May 30.

The aim is to help beginners and existing members to learn new techniques through fun judo drills.

A morning course, from 10.30am until 12.30pm is for seven to 10-year-olds, and an afternoon course, from 1pm to 3pm, will cater for beginners and experienced players.