David and Rachel Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games 2022 – Pro Judo Coaches

The East Dunbartonshire duo – Rachel Tytler and David Ferguson are thrilled to be named in the 11-strong judo squad for this year’s commonwealth games – to be held in Birmingham this summer.

Judo was a huge hit at the 2014 games in Glasgow when Team Scotland delivered a massive haul of judo medals.

Rachel and David are hopeful that the team can repeat that success at this year’s games and are keen to play their part.

The pair grew up in east Dunbartonshire and still coach at the ProJudoclub. They train full-time at the national centre in Ratho, Edinburgh, where the coaching team includes past medal winners Euan Burton and Billy Cusack.

For them, this represents a proud moment and a fitting reward for thousands of hours of hard work and preparation.

Rachel (24) – will fight at under 78kg. She said – the commie games are special and we all have great memories of Glasgow 2014. Normally we represent Team GB and the chance to fight for Scotland is a great honour.

David (24) is a 60kg player and added – being picked is a great buzz and we are both really proud to be going as part of a great Scotland team. The training is really hard – but enjoyable. Events like the games only come along every so often – so we are hoping to do well.

The countdown for the games in Birmingham has started and team Scotland’s judo preparations are well underway. Let’s hope Rachel and Davis can do well for Glasgow and Scotland.

Photo Credit – Louise Mallan Photography

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Pro Judo Club Competition 2022

Our first club comp since the pandemic and the first one at our new city centre dojo.

Over 150 judo students took part in our charity fundraising club competition – and every one of them did themselves and their parents proud.

Each competitor fought in a group of four and had at least 3 fights.

The under 8s all received their gold medals from club performance coach – Claire, following a super tournament where we saw the little ones take their first steps onto a competitive mat. They seemed to take things in their stride and there was certainly a lot of promising judo on display for proud parents.

After lunch – the over 8s competed for gold silver and bronze – but every single player was a big winner in our eyes.

Our Judo mums and dads were on top form – cheering the players and starting to learn a bit more about our wonderful sport.

Coaches and volunteers had a ball – and we were able to let some of our squad players and seniors experience what it’s like to referee or to keep scores.

It was lovely to see neighbours from local clubs come along and take part.

A great day all round. Some unforgettable judo memories, lots of smiles and some much-needed cash raised for Sporting Chances our parent charity. Thanks and well done to everyone who took part.

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Northern Ireland Open 2022

Two of our minors gave outstanding performances in the Northern Ireland Open winning silver against tough odds.

Oscar Reid was fighting in the weight category above his normal – and battled through to the final.

Luke MCafferty meanwhile – had to re fight two of his contests due to being tied. He came through well winning quickly with ippon to take a well deserved second place.

The big guys fought on the day before with solid effort by Alice, Hattie and Cian. Eden managed to win his group to retain his Northern Ireland title for the third time.

This competition is a real favourite for the club. The organisation is great, the country is beautiful and the people extremely friendly. We are looking forward to taking a bigger team next year.

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2022 British Schools Judo Success

On another frantic weekend for projudo, we had eleven young competitors at the British Schools championships in Sheffield.

Arad, Alice, Hattie, Rachel, Esther, Charlie and Noah led the charge on day one.

Oscar, Cassidy, Finlay and Lewis fought on day two.

The hard work in training continues to deliver results and our fighters left nothing on the mat.

Team coach , Jack Murphy, was pleased with the medal tally of 1 gold, 2 silvers and 3 bronzes – but was bowled over with the skill, effort and commitment from all of our judoka.

The parents did a wonderful job of supporting all the players as they once again displayed courage and real team spirit – with no shortage of fabulous judo on display.

Whilst all this was going on, our Team Scotland Development players – ineligible for the British schools- were being put through their paces by JudoScotland coaches at the National Centre in Ratho. Mark Goldie was there to lend a supporting hand to the National coaches – not just for the benefit of our players – but also to assist the athletes from other clubs.

Despite so many players being involved in competition or at National training – the rest of the squad were kept busy at the city centre dojo where Claire McDonald took the opportunity to introduce the athletes to some new strength and conditioning skills.

Saturday is one of the busiest days of the week for Projudo – with classes right across the city and beyond.

It is thanks to the dedication, enthusiasm and a real love for judo from our superb coaching team that we are able to run lively and exciting judo sessions for everyone across the entire club with all this going on as well.

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English Open 2022

It was a long trip down to Thetford for the English Open this weekend – But well worth it.

A very high standard of competition across two days at an event that normally features the best of British young talent.

Our 5 cadets ( Esther, Eden, Arad, Hattie and Alice ) fought on Saturday with maximum effort from the big guys – all of whom are either 1st or 2nd year with a whole year to go. A well earned Bronze for Esther 👍

The wee team fought on Sunday and what a display from Logan, Kenzie, Noah and Mark. The top British pre cadets were out in force and our athletes were by no means out of their league. An excellent bronze for Logan 👍

Juniors also fought on Sunday with no medals but impressive contest wins for Luke, Eden, Artur and Adam.

We now have players right across the age spectrum fighting at the highest level in our sport.

Our full time adult athletes  were fighting in Prague this week. We were proud to see David Ferguson and Rachel Tytler in action at the highest level in European Judo as they worked hard to try and earn a place in the commonwealth games team.

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2022 Hibari Kan Grand Prix Pro Judo

21 Superstars, 4 gold medals, 2 silver, 7 bronze and 100% effort.

Our squad players were out in force at the Hibari Kan Grand Prix at the weekend.

Awesome judo, Amazing support from the parents and gentle guidance from our coaches made the day one to remember.

Head coach Claire led the team and was happy to report that the main objectives were all achieved – Commitment, enjoyment and learning !!

Well done everyone and good luck at the English Open next week.

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