Former European gold medallist launches judo club for Islington youngsters

PUBLISHED: 15:13 24 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:13 24 June 2015

Judo instructor Ryan Gordon coaches nine-year-old Harry Woolven at his first class at EC1 Judo Zone

Judo instructor Ryan Gordon coaches nine-year-old Harry Woolven at his first class at EC1 Judo Zone

Dieter Perry

Former GB international player Ryan Gordon has launched a new judo club for youngsters in and around Islington.

Gordon, who already coaches boys and girls at St Peter’s and St Paul’s RC Primary School, has set up EC1 Judo Zone at Tompion Community Hall in nearby Percival Street.

The club is initially open to youngsters aged six to 16, although Gordon – who won a gold medal at the European Championships – is intending to expand to include other age groups in the near future.

“I started doing judo in Islington when I was eight and I’ve noticed that there’s quite a gap in terms of the variety of sports available for kids now,” said Gordon.

“Judo is a skilful, technical sport – you use holds and throws to win the fight rather than hitting anyone – and it’s one of only two fighting sports in the Olympics.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community and for kids to gain potential. If you learn how to be competitive in sports, you can learn some of the skills needed when you step into the wider world.”

Classes are currently held on Fridays from 4.45pm to 6.15pm. For further information, call 07792 656 272 or send an email to

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