It's all change for judo club

One of the country's top judo experts will take over a Calder Valley club.

Friday, 16th July 2010, 11:44 am

After 12 years of running Judo Excellence, Hebden Bridge, Jim McKeever and Karen Butler have decided to retire.

Jim founded the club in 1998 and has developed it into a highly respected and popular judo club.

They will hand over the club to Paul Hirst on Sunday.

Paul has been participating in Judo now for 29 years and took up the Olympic sport at the age of nine.

He has also represented Yorkshire, the Combined Services and Great Britain in many events around the country and Europe.

Paul is still actively competing and is the current British Masters Champion.

In October he plans to compete in the European Veteran Championship in Croatia.

"Jim and Karen have founded a truly wonderful club and I am sure they will be hugely missed by the judo players and parents," said Paul.

"I am really looking forward to picking up the baton and I am committed to ensuring the excellent reputation of the club continues.

"I have keen plans for the future of the club, developing judo at all ages and levels.

"I aim to run judo training camps, fitness classes, self defence classes and offer judo coaching to rugby teams and other sports."

Judo is a great sport for building confidence, self esteem, self discipline, developing social skills and improving fitness.

Anyone wishing to come and give judo a go will get their first session free, he said.

For further information call him on 07904 955554 or e-mail [email protected]

Karen and Jimmy said they are very pleased to be handing over the club to such an inspiring individual.

"Paul shows great enthusiasm and will bring new ideas to the club. He will be a refreshing change.

"We are certain that the club will continue to develop and thrive with Paul as coach and wish all club members and Paul the very best. We will miss you," said Karen.