Northern Regional Judo Competition
- Tue 06 Nov 2012, 4:41PM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
City in the Community Foundation host regional red belt rumble judo competition at the Etihad Campus.
Competitors from five Premier League clubs attended the event on 31 October.
Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Everton and of course Manchester City were all in attendance.
Over 100 young people competed throughout the day in what was a great advert not only for PL4S but also the great work that City in the Community do.
The day was run by British Judo with young officials volunteering to help, having completed their TOCS course the day before through CITC and the Youth Sports.
The young people who helped on the day were fortunate enough to receive tickets to watch Manchester City vs Ajax in the Champions League.
London 2012 Olympian Karina Bryant was in attendance on the day to inspire young people with her bronze medal from the games as well as answer any questions from young competitors and parents alike.
Helping Karina with the presentations was former Beijing 2008 Olympian Michelle Vidler who again inspired the young people to continue to work hard at the sport.
Whilst the judo was continuing the event was then visited by the Premier League and Community Shield trophies - both currently held by Manchester City.
This added even more excitement to the day as the young people had a brief talk about the trophies and had the opportunity for group and individual pictures.
The day was a huge success and everyone involved commented on the high standard of judo and the huge smiles on the children’s faces.
“The day couldn’t have gone any better, “ smiled Lee Mannion, Manchester City’s PL4S Co-ordinator.
“Every young person left with great memories of the day from competing in a sport they love, to seeing the Premier League trophy close up and even meeting a London 2012 medal winning Olympian.
“I’m sure this will inspire everyone involved to continue to compete or officiate at future judo events and it will certainly live long in the memory.”
Premier League 4 Sport is an initiative run by City in the Community Foundation in conjunction with the Premier League.