Judo club honours former head coach

Knottingley Judo Club who have set up a trophy in memory of former head coach Pete Simpson
Knottingley Judo Club who have set up a trophy in memory of former head coach Pete Simpson
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A judo club has created a lasting legacy to a former coach by setting up a new trophy in his name.

Knottingley Judo Club is running a monthly award in honour of former head coach Peter Simpson, who died suddenly in November .

Phil Taylor, club coach and secretary Phil Taylor said: “Pete was the main man. He was with the club as head coach for years.

“The award has been set up in his honour. Everybody at the club knew him. He was my coach many years ago.”

The cup is awarded to junior club members on a monthly basis in recognition of their hard work and commitment over the four week period.

The winner is decided by the club coaches and the cup will be presented by club president Ken Cooper at the end of each month.

The first presentation will take place at the end of February.

Mr Taylor added: “It’s not results based, we have done it on the basis of learning abilities, effort and commitment.

“Everyone is battling it out to be the best and win the first Pete Simpson trophy.”

The club, which has around 25 members, trains twice a week and is run by Mr Taylor and Ian Sidaway, who are both British Judo Association coaches.

Mr Taylor said judo teaches members valuable life skills as well as helping people to keep fit and healthy.

He added: “We are trying to get the children to enjoy the other side of judo.

“It teaches teamwork, co-ordination and there are the benefits of being part of a sports team.”

Mr Taylor added: “We welcome any new members of all ages and abilities.

“Anyone is more than welcome to come down to a training session.”

Club members, pictured above, train at Knottingley Sports Centre, Hill Top on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Juniors train between 7pm and 8.30pm on a Tuesday and Thursday.

Senior sessions are run on the same nights between 7pm and 9pm.

For more information visit www.knottingleyjudo.co.uk