Great teamwork earns Knottingley bronze medal

Knottingley Judo Club's successful team (left to right) Kevin Day (coach), Jack Wilson, Alex Powell, Charlie Temple (behind Charlie is coach Catriona Barber), Maisie Cooper, Amelia Nicholson, Jayden Robbins and head coach Ian Sidaway.
Knottingley Judo Club's successful team (left to right) Kevin Day (coach), Jack Wilson, Alex Powell, Charlie Temple (behind Charlie is coach Catriona Barber), Maisie Cooper, Amelia Nicholson, Jayden Robbins and head coach Ian Sidaway.

KNOTTINGLEY Judo Club won the team bronze medal by finishing third at the Yorkshire and Humberside Team Closed Competition at Goole Leisure Centre.

Knottingley team members did exceptionally well against tough opponents in the club’s first team competition for around six years.

Head coach Ian Sidaway said: “Me and the other coaches and parents are extremely proud of the players.

“We are really proud of them taking part in the competition, so coming home with bronze medals is a great result. Some players have only been in the sport for a short time so this is a great achievement and a real confidence booster for them”

After Knottingley Sports Centre closed last year, the club had to find a new venue, eventually settling in at their current venue at St Botolph’s Parish Rooms, Chapel Street, Knottingley WF11 9AN.

After receiving a grant from Sport England, the club is now thriving with around 30 members in three age groups.

Each Thursday, ages five to eight years meet from 6.30 to 7.30 pm, ages eight to 14 from 6.30 to 8pm and adults (14 years and over) from 7.30 to 9pm at St Botolphs Parish Rooms.

For more information about Knottingley Judo club telephone head coach Ian Sidaway on 07935 498518 or send an e-mail message to iansid@live.co.uk.