The Irish Judo Association was delighted to receive notification that Sport Ireland has allocated substantial funding to our new Women in Sport project – Change the Numbers. Sport Ireland announced Thursday the 5th September that the Association has received €20,000 for 2019 with a further €20,000 for 2020 allocated subject to funding allocations from the Department in 2020.

Taking into consideration the IJA’s ethos of empowering clubs and communities to help grow the association, the belief is, that if the NGB can promote, support and empower its member clubs to continue to be strong and focused in all areas, then the benefits of judo will shine through and the association will be both happy and healthy. An increase in female participation in all clubs will make it easier to meet targets across the Association. The focus of this project is to Change the Numbers – change our 75% male membership & 25% female membership and increase female participation and representation and work towards a 50%/50% balance. This project will be broken into 4 pillars concentrating on Coaching & Officiating, Active Participation, Leadership and Governance & Visibility.

Mrs Sylvia O’Flynn Chair of the Development Commission & Ms Ellie Dennis the new IJA Women in Sport Ambassador will lead the way along with the support of Nora Stapleton who is the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Lead. The Development Commission along with the Executive Committee will roll out the Women in Sport project – Change the Numbers in the coming weeks.