Youngsters flock to judo taster event

More than 150 Hawick youngsters attended a special taster session at the high school as part of the Borders Sport and Leisure Commonwealth Games Passport Scheme.

Hosted by Peter and Preeti Gardiner, of Sportif Judo, the class took place on Sunday and was open to pupils from all nine primary schools in Hawick and the surrounding area.

Designed to give children their first taste of the sport, the session is being followed by a six-week block of classes which will take place at Wilton school on Wednesdays from March 26.

Borders Sport and Leisure Active Schools coordinator Paul Scott said: “What a brilliant morning. To have over 150 children come along to give judo a try, have their passport signed and get active was just incredible. For the first time we have a specific primary one-seven Sportif Judo Hawick club beginning on March 26 which is a great pathway for youngsters who really enjoyed the taster.

“I’d like to offer a huge thank you to everyone involved in making it such a success and I have to say the future for judo in the town looks very promising.”

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, added: “Our passport scheme is all about encouraging children to get active and try some of the many sports that they will see featured in this year’s Commonwealth Games. The response to this first Judo taster session was fantastic and it is a really positive sign for the establishment of Hawick’s first judo club.”

The new judo block will take place from 3.30pm-4.15pm (P1-3) and 4.15pm – 5pm (P4-7).

More information from Paul Scott on 375 147 or 07887 471 128 .