Club History

The club was originally the Bretton Woods Judo Club. Originally formed as an independent British Judo Association (BJA) registered club. Part of the Bretton Woods Community School serving the community, when the school opened some 36 years ago.

 The club originally practised in the Cresset centre, where we also hosted area promotion examinations and the Peterborough judo competition.

 Our junior membership at that time was between 60/70 juniors & youth with only a nominal senior section practicing Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings.

 The original BJA qualified coaching team was Angela, Anthony and John Dearden, then Angela’s daughter Jemma joined the coaching team.

 After several years the club was transferred into the new hall of Bretton Woods Community School, where it was still very successful with a junior membership of 50 juniors/youth and a senior section. The club members over these years won a number of national junior/ youth medals.

 When it was announced that Bretton Woods Community school was to close the club had to find a new home. Deacon school was very pleased to offer the club a new venue with the opportunity to go into the Thomas Deacon Academy.

 This is how the Thomas Deacon Judo Club came into being. The Academy offers the club first class facilities with a good support, and we now host the annual competition at the academy.

At the same time as moving into Deacon School the club achieved Sport England Clubmark accreditation and is in the process of re-validating the accreditation.

Since transferring to the Academy the club has had success at national level.

 With time the coaching team has changed and developed to contain; two BJA level 3 coaches, one BJA level 2 coach & one UKCC level 1 judo coach,

 The club is designed as a none profit making unit, all personal assisting and supporting the club are unpaid volunteers. The club now practices on a Wednesday night juniors 6.30pm to 7.30pm, youth & seniors 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

John Dearden

 A member of the British Judo Association, the British Judo Association is the governing body for judo in Great Britain. Member of the European Judo Union, International Judo Federation and the British Olympic Association.