Please see below an important message from Chloe Cowen Vickers, National Lead Performance Coach:


“Thank you for all your kind words of welcome and support.  I am very much looking forward to my new role and driving progression in Irish Judo.

I would like to communicate our plans for the IJA National Squad Programme so that every Club, Coach, Athlete & Parent has a clear and common understanding of the IJA Performance Pathway and the role the National Squad Programme will play within that.

The first 100 days will be a Transition phase from the former National Squad Programme to the new.  During this phase there will be National Squad Training sessions in each of the 4 Provinces when we also deliver workshops for Athletes, Coaches & Parents detailing the rationale, philosophy and methodology of the new Pathway and the National Squad Programme.

We will also be careful to respect recent national squad delivery.  Those Athletes who have clearly demonstrated their commitment to the National Squad since Covid, and were rewarded in March with International Representative Honours, will be given the opportunity of an international training camp in preparation for a second EJU European Cup in May.  Performances in these recent international events will also be considered when the new programme begins in earnest with its first National Squad Training on the 28th and 29th of May.

Selection for the forthcoming training camp (8-15th May) and European Cups (Junior Malaga 19-22 May & Cadet Coimbra 26-29 May) will be communicated on Monday 25th April and details of the May IJA National Squad sessions, including workshops and presentations on the new Performance Pathway and National Squad, will be released by the end of April.”

Chloé Cowen Vickers

National Lead Performance Coach