GALLERY: Jubliant Judokas at First Inter-School Competition

More than 30 pupils from St Martin’s Academy and Delamere CofE Academy used new skills learnt in a school club to take part in a judo competition this week.
Excited Judokas from St Martin’s welcomed their friends from Delamere to the first competition of its kind on Tuesday morning.

1st Dan (black belt) coach Jessica Mair, from Classroom Judo, has been working with pupils from both schools, teaching them the basic principles of the ancient martial art and introducing them to the discipline and skill required to compete.
Pupils aged five-eight years old took part in a series of closely-fought bouts against opponents of similar stature and showed great confidence in using all their training in a competitive situation.
Director of sport at St Martin’s Shona Valentine said: “I was so proud of all of the children, not only for the skill they showed but also for how they cheered each other on.
“We have made a commitment across all of the schools in the Trust to offer opportunities for competitive sport. We believes it can raise confidence, improve fitness and teach that winning and losing should be treated with equal importance.
“I’d like to thank Jess for supporting the children as they’ve developed in Judo and we look forward to more competitions in the future.”