The Irish Judo Association President, Séan Fleming is delighted with the allocation of the recent funding from the Irish Government. Irish Judo have been awarded €41,000 from the Sports Capital Grants 2023 funding to purchase new contest mats that meet the new requirement set by the IJF.

‘This is wonderful news. It is great that we in Irish Judo are in a position to receive this financial support from the Irish Government. Irish Judo will now purchase five new full size regulation contest tatami, to be used at our national competitions. The real benefit however will be to the provincial regions. We are now in the position to provide each province with a full contest tatami area to be used within their region for competitions, coaching courses and squad sessions. This is further evidence of the support the Board is providing to the regions, on top of the financial support provided to each province recently. I am delighted that we now have four active regional councils working towards the promotion of judo. The IJA need strong, active and forward thinking regions, and with the provision of mats to each region, it will provide better opportunities for the regions to develop stronger.

More good news is expected very soon from Sport Ireland with the allocation of Women in Sport funding for the coming year. This is a great programme and one that Irish Judo, through the drive of Antoinette Earl, has been at the forefront in promoting. On behalf of the Board and all in Irish Judo I wish to acknowledge the work that Sylvia, Antoinette and Deirdre have done to secure funding.’