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Welcome (Junior Club)


Judo to keep fit


Club rules


Commitee and Coaches


Safety and Insurance


Committee and coaches

Club Chairman and Head Coach:

Graeme Welsh

Junior Club Head Coach:

Andy Bonfield

Club Secretary:

Ben Almond

Club Welfare Officer:

Mathew Cox

Junior Coach:

Barry Sliney

Junior Coach:

Richard Sully

Junior Instructor:

Guy Platten

Parent Helper:

Frankie Sutherland

Parent Helper:

Ian Rowett

Committee & Coach Profiles

Instructor Graeme Welsh

Graeme Welsh

HEAD SENIOR COACH
3rd Dan, 1st Dan BJJ
UKCC Level 2 Coach
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Graeme has been training at the Welwyn Garden City Judo Club for 30 years and has been running the senior section for over 20 years.

Andy Bonfield

Andy Bonfield

HEAD JUNIOR COACH
4th Dan
UKCC Level 2 Coach
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Andy has been practicing Judo for over 40 years; and coaching the junior section at the Welwyn Garden City Judo Club since the 1980s. He is also the Head Judo Coach at Haberdashers Aske School.

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Ben Almond

YOUTH COACH
1st Dan
UKCC Level 2 Coach

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Ben has been actively involved in youth coaching since 2006 and also coordinates the tournament and competition side of the junior club.

Mathew Cocks

Mathew Cox

ASSISTANT SENIOR COACH
1st Dan
UKCC Level 2 Coach
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Matt is the junior club’s Welfare Officer and assistant coach for the senior section. Matt is also a 2nd Dan in Karate and has taught a children’s Karate class for the past 5 years.

Barry Sliney

Barry Sliney

ASSISTANT JUNIOR COACH
2nd Dan
UKCC Level 2 Coach
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Barry has been practicing Judo for over 40 years. He is the principal assistant coach for the Junior Club supporting Andy in the coaching of the junior sessions. Barry also coaches the seniors at St Albans Judo Club on Monday evenings.

Richard Sully

Richard Sully

JUNIOR & SENIOR COACH
4th Dan
UKCC Level 2 Coach
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Richard is a 4th Dan and has been practising Judo for over 25 years. He is a qualified UKCC Level 2 Coach judo.

Guy Platten

Guy Platten

2nd Dan
UKCC Level 2 Coach

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Guy is a 2nd Dan black belt and has come back to judo following a long break. In his prime, Guy did judo five days a week and fought the likes of Neil Adams and Ray Stevens in the British Open.

Frankie Sutherland

Frankie Sutherland

1st Kyu
Parent Helper

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Frankie is a brown belt who has come back to judo after a long rest.

Ian Rowett

Ian Rowett

1st Dan
Parent Helper

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Ian has been practising Judo for over 25 years. He also helps with the day to day administration of the club.

Further Information

Our instructors are mostly level 2 Judo coaches and have taught Judo for many years to a wide range of people and can, and will, work with anyone who shows an interest in learning Judo and take them to whatever level their ability allows them to attain.

Some people practice Judo because they want to win medals and they get satisfaction from competing, others like to practice just for the fitness aspect.

All persons who practice Judo should have a current British Judo Association licence, this licence is your insurance policy and protects you should you have an injury or cause an injury and allows the club to function.

It must be remembered that Judo is a hard combat sport and injuries do happen, having said that they are not common so do not be put off!

WGC Judo is a member club of the British Judo Association and as such practices according to its rules and regulations.

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Welwyn Garden City Judo Club

Based at Gosling Stadium, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.