Neil passes on tips to judo club

Students from Battlehill Judo Club were privileged to attend a course organised by Destination Judo at Maiden Castle Sports Centre in Durham.

Attendees were coached by Great Britain’s greatest Judoka, Neil Adams MBE 8th Dan.

During his illustrious career, Neil was British champion 21 times, won two Olympic silver medals, European champion seven times, world medallist four times and the became World Champion in 1981.

Students were keen to gain the additional tuition before attending a beginner judo competition hosted by Fordley Judo Kwai at Churchill Community College, Wallsend.

A total of 11 local judo clubs took part in the event – an introductory competition for students with less than two years judo experience – with Battlehill Judo Club taking an impressive five Gold, eight Silver and five Bronze medals.

Bronze awards went to Josh Sayers, Matthew Doris, George Young, Jasmin Gadema and Kieran Jackson.

Silver to Murray Cairns, Yussef Gadema, Finn O’Brian, Mo Gadema, Luke Devall-McMurray, Harvey Cairns, Leoni Lannen and Saffron Gadema.

Gold went to Daniel Dizyee, Ewan Gray, Joe Flaherty, Cameron Gray and Alannah Harding.

With the help of funding from Sportivate, Battlehill Judo Club are also offering an introductory free judo course to people aged from 14 to 25.

Course will be held at Churchill Community College, Churchill Street, Wallsend, on a Wednesday evening over a six week period.

Anyone interested should contact head coach Malcolm Young 4th Dan via 07803 745184 or email