East of Scotland Physical and Interlectual Adaptive Judo Group
East of Scotland Physical and Interlectual Adaptive Judo Group

LATEST NEWS

10 Year Anniversary

2018 is Essn ten year anniversary of our annual Judo competition

Special Olympic World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 

Lothian region Jo Imrie has been selected by Special Olympic Great Britian as head coach for Judo at the Abu Dhabi 2019 World Games.

British SN Championships 2017

ESSN wish to say good luck to:

Philip Brodie

Kathleen Inglis

Kiera McLeod

Kirsteen Proctor

Kirsten Taylor

Harrison Lovett

who are representiong their respective clubs at the British SN Championships this weekend in Stoke Manderville

Special Olympic National Summer Games Results

Super Stars

Absolutely fantastic day at Special Olympic National Summer Games in Sheffield today.
The Jidelians were out in top form.
Philip Brodie Gold
Kiera McLeod Gold
Connor Skivington Silver 
James Rivals Silver
Kathleen Inglis Silver 
Harrison Lovett Bronze 
Amazing performance from all

Special Olympic Scotland West Judo Players

Essn would like to say congratulations to Scotland West who also had a team of judoka competing at the Special Olympic National Summer Games. Fantastic performances from Scotland West team

Ross McInness Gold
Christopher Murphy Gold
Christoper Scott Silver
Simon Kirk Bronze
Sean Melville Bronze
Maeve Morris Bronze

Special Olympic National Summer Games August 2017

 

Exciting times only 32 days until our ESSN players leave for the Special Olympic National summer games in Sheffield

 

Players selected by Lothian Special Olympics:

Kathleen Inglis

Kiera Mcleod

Harrison Lovatt

Philip Brodie

James Rivals

Connor Skivington

 

Coaches selected by Lothian special Olympics

Head coach- Jo Imrie

Assistant Coach Emma Imrie

Assistant Coach Johnny Imrie

 

The next Special Olympics Great Britain’s  National Summer Games is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities of 2017.  

This event, it is held every 4 years and represents a huge opportunity to showcase the abilities of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to compete at a national level, experience the personal achievement this brings, as well as enable them to make friends, travel and socialise.

The 10th National Summer Games will take place in the city of Sheffield across a number of sporting venues between 7-12 August 2017.  

 

Games Facts

  • Around 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities will come together from across the country to compete in 19 sports. 
  • Athletes will be supported over 4 days of competition by 800 coaches750 volunteers, 150 officials and over 5,000 family and friends.
  • A spectacular Olympic-style Opening Ceremony to kick-off the event at Sheffield United FC.

Lothian Special Olympic Team Training Day 4th June 17

Lothian Special Olympic-Sheffield Team Launch at Beeslack Community High School

 

4th June2017

Saw the whole Lothian Special Olympic team coming together for a team building session of all the sports that will be taking part in the National summer games in August. This team building day is an excellent opportunity for all the athletes to get to know  he coaches and athletes form other sports that will be travelling to Sheffield. 

JudoScotland National Disability Session 3rd June 17

Today saw the 2nd JudoScotland National Disability Session of the year which was held a Ratho.

It was great to see a judo players coming together from all across Scotland to attend this session. This two hour session is desgined to give a little extra training and assistant the judo players by breaking down technques in to small blocks to aid learning.

 

ESSN Training Session13th May 17

A all boys session today at Essn monthly trainning morning. James, Scott, Philip, Bleu and Connor worked extremely hard

East of Scotland Annual Judo Compeition and SOGB Qualifing Event April 2017

Another successful East of Scotland Annual Judo Competition. Once again it was great to see so many regulars to our annual competition as well as some new friends.

2017 saw ESSN competition a qualifying event for Sheffield National Summer Games.

The atmosphere at this competition is always buzzing with excitement from a great standard of judo.

Jo and Janice are extremely proud of ESSN competition and always strive to make it an event that players want to return to year after year.

2018 will be ESSN 10th year that Jo and Janice have run this event. Both are looking forward to this amazing landmark

BEVERWIJK G JUDO COMPEITION 2016

Any player wishing to compete in Beverwijk 9-10th April 2016. Please get in touch with Jo or Janice by the end of February 2016

FEBRUARY 2016 TRAINING SESSION

An excellent session last ESSN training day, Well done to all the players who were at the February session, your work rate was fantastic. Keep up the good work, see you next session 19th March 2016. see gallery

LOTHIAN SPECIAL OLYMPICS AGM FEBRUARY 2016

Anyone wanting to attend Lothian Special Olympic AGM 6.15pm Eliburn Day Centre, Livingston. Please feel free to come along and get involved in LSO.

BRITISH JUDO ASSOCIATION TRAINING DAY FEBRUARY 2016

February saw some of the ESSN players and coaches head down to Walsall for a British Judo Assocation SN training day.

This was a whole day event, where it was great to meet lots of friends and some new friends as well. The players had diffenent session with different coaches and hopefully they all took something new away with them.

 

WASHINGTON SN COMPETITON JANUARY 2016

Washington SN Compeition 2016 was unfortunately cancelled due to low numbers, Lets hope this competition runs next year.

Christmas Dinner 2015

Another year comes to a close and what a year it has been, East of Scotland grows from strenght to strenght each year. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year. Everyone enjoying themselves at our annual in of year dinner.

VENRAY, HOLLAND NOVEMBER 2015

November saw ESSN team away to Venray in Holland. ESSN players did exceptionally well winning 4 Golds, 1 Silver and 3 Bronzes medals. The team had a great weekend with lovely food and great company.

24th October saw the athletes and coaches from Lothian Special Olympics attend a World Summer Games Reunion in Runcorn. The theme of the evening was Hollywood. The LSO team were looking fantastic  and what a wonderful evening cathching up with friends that they made in their individual sports and also with friends from other sports that they had not seen since LA.

THE BRITISH OPEN SN CHAMPIONSHIP AUGUST 2015

August 2015 saw ESSN travel to the British Open SN Compeition at Stoke Manderville. The compeition was reasonably well attended. ESSN player as always did us and theirselfs proud and of course rose to the occassion. The players come home with 4 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze.

WSG 2015

 

Jo, Kathleen and Christopher headed of to the World Summer Games in LA. An amazing time was had by all the GB team. Kathleen and Christopher were fantastic ambassadors for GB.

Kathleen I Bronze

Christopher M Silver

Jo and Kathleen  with some of the Blackrock employees at a evening reception  for the athletes that are heading to LA

SOGB SUMMER WORLD GAMES IN LA 2015

 

ESSN would like to wish Kathleen and Christopher all the best of luck for the trip to LA. Enjoy yourself.

BRITISH SPECIAL NEEDS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015

 

Please remember to get your entries in for the British Special needs open Championships on the 29th August 2015.

If you need any help with travel arrangements let us know.

Congratulations to Harrison for winning a Silver  and to Rebecca for winning a Gold at the recent SOGB French International Judo Event. 

JUDOSCOTLAND NEW WEEKLY DISABILITY JUDO SESSION

Venue:  Forester & St Augustine Community Sports Hub, Broomhouse Road, Edinburgh, EH12

Call JudoScotland for further details or turn up on a Thursday.

Date:  Every Thursday 6.00pm till 6.45pm

Coaches Jo and Jancie

LOTHIAN DISABILITY SPORTS AWARDS JUNE 2015

 

Congratulations to Philip B for being nominated for young sports person of the year and Alex James for Volunteer Coach of the year. Fingers and Toes crossed that they get through to the finals.

 

Great Work both of you and very well deserved nominations

JUDO SCOTLAND DISABILITY JUDO SESSION MAY 2015

 

This session was cancelled due to the JudoScotland dojo being double booked. We would like to thank all the palyers and parents who came along to support this disabiltiy session. Fingers crossed for next time. Look forward to seeing you all then a date is to be confirmed.

JUDOSCOTLAND DISABILITY JUDO SESSION MAY 2015

 

JudoScotland Disability Judo Session is on Sunday 17th May at Ratho 1 -  3pm if you have nothing on an want to come and support this session then Jo and Janice will be happy to see you all.

IBSA WORLD GAMES MAY 2015

 

Well done to the boys!

British Judo Paralympic hopefuls, Sam Ingram, Jack Hodgson and Chris Skelley took a further leap forward to qualifying for Rio 2016 at the IBSA World Games today (15thMay).

Ingram (-90kg) and Hodgson (+100kg) both took silver medals with Skelley (-100kg) 
 
 

ESSN MAY 2015

 

Great session this month, well done to all who came along, the players your work rate was fantastic

EAST OF SCOTLAND PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY JUDO COMPETITION APRIL 2015

 

Another fine and successful competition organised  by Jo Imrie and Janice Graham. Both Jo and Janice were pleased to see so many of their Judo friends that they have made over the years support their annual event, as well as the new competitors that have just started to compete, they look forward to seeing you all next year.

ESSN players were again on form this competition day with some lovely throws and great contests.

BRITISH JUDO ASSOCATION INCLUSSION DAY

 

7th Feburary was the first British Judo Assocation Inclussion Day to take part. The day saw a varied range of players with different disabilities attending the day. Players trained together and with top coaches and athletes as the initiative showed how it is possible to overcome barriers to inclusion, to answer questions that athletes, coaches and others had about visually impaired and special needs judo and to provide a future focus for inclusion for all at both a grassroots and performance levels

CONGRATUATIONS TO GEORGE AND JANICE BBC SPORT UNSUNG HERO AWARD 2014

Congratulations to George and Janice Graham who have won the BBC Sport Unsung Hero award for their services to Judo.

George and Janice have run the Kyushinkwai judo club in Sighthill, Edinburgh, for over 30 years with countless judo players passing through their doors.  Not only do they run the club but they are also few of the main coaches for disability judo taking players to competitions and dedicating endless hours of their time for free.  George and Janice are both qualified in nearly all judo volunteering opportunities such as table official, senior recorder and Janice is also senior examiner - it is hard not to find George and Janice at JudoScotland event.

This award could not have gone to more deserving people and was presented by Euan Burton and Amy Childs on behalf of the BBC.  The whole event will be televised on 14th December 2014 on the BBC Sports Personality Awards

CHRISTMAS SESSION 12TH DECEMBER 2014

 

We have decided to go out for a meal on our Christmas Session, Coaches thought it would be great to have a social lunch on the 12th December 2014. If you would like to attend our Christmas Lunch at The City Resturant in Edinburgh, please let Jo or Janice know befor the 5th December 2014. We look forward to seeing you there.

JUDOSCOTLAND DISABILITY JUDO SESSION NOVEMBER 2014

 

On Sunday Essn players attend the JudoScotland Disability Session at Ratho. The session were lead by our very own coaches Jo and Janice and also Suzi from the west of Scotland. It was good to see so many of our friends from all over Scotland come and practice Judo.

Essn are looking forward to the next one in the New Year

If any disabiltiy player would like to attend these sessions begininers or advanced players are more than welcome

BRITISH OPEN SN CHAMPIONSHIPS NOVEMBER 2014

 

23rd November saw Essn take a trip now to Cardiff for the British SN Championships 2014. Having started our journey with a megabus ride throughout the night down. Coaches and players arrived bright and ready to compete. Essn took

3 Golds, 1 Silver and 2  Bronzes. Well done to all those who competed.

See competition results

CHARITY CEILIDH NIGHT NOVEMBER 2014

 

Well done to all thoses who attended the our Charilty Ceilidh night in Livingston, all monies  were  given to Lothian Special Olympics.

 

RACE NIGHT & DISCO

 

Fundraising Event

Saturday 18th October 2014

Race Night & disco To help Kathleen Inglis get to the World Special Olympics Games 2015

Venue Ravelston House, 182 North High Street, Musselburgh

Time 7.00 pm first race 7.30pm

 

Tickets available from Peter or Carol Inglis on 01316530550 or at the hotel Cost £5.00

JUDO FOR PEACE PROJECT JULY 2014

 

Congratulations to Christopher Murphy form Pro Judo who was selected for this fantastic event.

 

The Judo for Peace project was officially launched on Tuesday. Mr. Envic Galea, the CEO of the Malta Judo Foundation during the launching of the project highlighted that Judo is not only a sport but a way of life. In view of this the Malta Judo Foundation invested in this project so that through the process of non formal education and active participation judokas are getting the opportunity to practice the judo moral code within the different social contexts. Through this process young people participating in this project are getting hands on experience and shall be engaging in a process of learning by doing. This project shall trigger further educational initiatives in different countries following the networking process which is aimed to be carried out throughout the programme.

BUPA CHARITY EVENT JUNE 2014

Sunday 8th June saw players from East of Scotland Disability Judo Group take place in the BUPA charity disabillity championships at Ravencraig Regional Sports Facilities in Motherwell

BRITISH JUDO ASSOCATION SN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2013

 

Christopher Murphy (Pro Judo) British Judo Assocation Player of the year 2013

East of Scotland would like to congratulate Christopher on such a wonderful achievement, and so well deserved.

BRITISH SN CLOSED CHAMPIONSHPS 2012



A fantastic weekend for ESSN Players at the British Special Needs Closed Championships 2012 held in Swindon. Coaches Jo and Janice were impressed with the standard of judo demonstrated by the players, it shows the hard work that they have put in for this competition.

EAST OF SCOTLAND PHYSCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY JUDO COMPETITON APRIL 2012

 

21st April 2012 saw another great day for at East of Scotland Physical and Intellectual Disability Judo Compeition held at Craigswood Sports Centre, Livingston.  ESSN is an annual competition which is a great start for any player with a physical or intellectual disability to gain their first experience at competition but also caters for the more experiEnced players.ESSN has a great atmosphere and all the helpers and volunteer are a great bunch and give their time free of charge. Looking forward to next years competition.

 

 

SENIOR MENS GB TEAM OKIJK HOLLAND SEPTEMBER 2011

 

Last Weekend 17th September 2011 saw our own coach Jo Imrie having the honnor of being of the Great Britian coaches who took the Gbreat Britian Senior men team to Odikj in Holland for the Dutch Open Championships. Jo said that the players performances were outstanding and it was a pleasure to be part of their team.

Essn would like to say well done to the GB team.

BRADLEY STOKE 2011

 

Bradley Stoke saw the start of the competitive season for players from the East of Scotland Special Needs and Disability Judo Group (ESSN) and what a start it was. 

There were gold medals from Richard Cook, Aaron James and Nicky Lou James, along with Nicola Tuxworth taking a bronze medal.

All four of these players have been selected to represent Great Britain in Beverwijk Holland in April.

A special well done to Nicky Lou James, as this is the first time she has been selected at the age of 11 years.

James Rivals also secured a complimentary gold medal with an outstanding performance in a group that was put together especially for him on the day.

Jo Imrie would like to thank the organisers of the event for adapting to our players needs.

Although financially this competition was a stretch for some of our players, it was good to support another domestic event especially so close to our own East of Scotland Special Needs Judo Competition on 23rd April 2011.

BRITISH JUDO SN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2011

 

Congratulations to Richard Cooke who won, The British Judo Association Special Needs Player of the year Award for 2011. Richard who trains at The Edinburgh Club is a great Ambassador for the Sport of Judo. A well deserved award, keep up the great work Richard.

NOVEMBER 2011 VENRAY HOLLAND

 

Essn had a fantastic weekend in Venray, Holland. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

A big well done to all of the players who fought in Shensu Sn competition, really great judo and terrific team spirite.

 

Also well done to the Great Britian Senior Mens team who took Gold in the Team event, amazing judo.

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