Growing South Shields judo club has all the right moves

Beth Wood throws Tommy Foster.
Beth Wood throws Tommy Foster.

A big month for a popular South Tyneside judo club has got off to a perfect start.

The South Shields Judo Club has been nominated for a Best of South Tyneside Award, and the news brought delight for founder Beth Foster.

We will have 100 children showcasing their skills at the open day. It is all about getting people involved in our judo family

Beth Foster

“That’s great news,” she said. “It’s fantastic to be nominated.”

And next up for the club – which has 100 members aged from four to 66 – is its fun day.

It will be held on Saturday, March 12, from noon to 7pm at the Ocean Road Community Centre in South Shields.

Founders Beth and Tom Foster are hoping to find more volunteers, but the fun day will also be a chance for members to show their skills and take part in a competition.

The club has grown significantly in the six years since its formation. From an original one-day-a-week session, it now runs five.

“Tom and I set the group up and we have both been into judo for many years.”

And the chance for more people to find out about the club comes at the fun day.  

Beth said: “This is about getting people involved in our judo family.

“We put all the children into groups and everyone gets a trophy.

“There will be a demonstration and for those aged eight years plus, they will be taking part in a competition.”

To find out more about the club and how to get involved, call 07725 111056.

The Best of South Tyneside awards have a headline sponsor of Siemens and are being held in association with The Customs House, and with Port of Tyne, BT South Tyneside, Barbour, David Gray and Harlow Print as category sponsors.

The deadline for entries is May 6.

After that, judges will draw up a shortlist for each of the categories listed.

And then it’s on to the grand final, which will be held this year at the Quality Hotel on June 9.

To nominate, send your name, address and telephone number, the name of the business or person you wish to nominate, along with their address, telephone number and email (if known).

State which category your nomination applies to (from the list of categories) and provide a description of the reasons for your nomination (no more than 300 words).

Post your nomination to Nicola Meldrum, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. DH4 5RA.

Alternatively, you can email nicola.meldrum@jpress.co.uk or lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk