Eden Judo Development NPO 173-358
At the end of 2014, with the help of local farmers in the Herold area and Herold Laerskool, a development project kicked off with great success. The coach, Lilian Steyn, traveled every 2nd Wednesday to teach a group of children from Herold. This project was extended to every Wednesday during 2016 with the start of judo at Franklin Laerskool.
Our Development Clubs are going strong with an uprising of judoka at Franken Primary School and Herold Primary School.
2019 saw the rise of a new club in Hoekwil, outskirts of Wilderness, with two classes once a week.
A development class for Kleinkrantz focusing on children and woman is planned for 2020 with the help of development coach L Kalo. There has been an upsurge of gender-based violence and child abuse in the area which makes this project a matter of urgency.
Also planned for 2020/2021 will be yet another development class at the farm school Lancewood, farming community in Hoekwil.
South African Open Tournament – July 2016
Two children from the original project at Herold Laerskool were selected for the Eden Judo Team. Although they didn’t medal in the competition, they gained valuable experience. Quinton Jansen (on the left) was selected for the Western Cape Team in 2016.
Eden Judo Development grew with the start of 3 classes at Franken Primary School in Herold.
The children from Franken Primary School and Herold Laerskool are farm children from the Herold area. They train with such enthusiasm on less than standard equipment.
We started a competition squad training every last Saturday of the month in George, to give all the children from all the clubs a chance for extra training in preparation for competitions in 2017. Franken Primary School’s principal, Mr. Carolus, arranges a bus for the children and parents of his school to attend.
The children from Franken attended their first competition on 29 October 2016 and returned home with a staggering 35 medals.
Our first competition in 2017 will be 28 January 2017 in Cape Town. I as their coach can not wait to see how they do.
Right from the start all judoka take part in the Advanced Open tournament only. Two reasons for that, firstly because the judoka cannot afford to enter Novice and Advanced, and secondly, I as coach needs to see how the judoka fair against experienced judoka. Judoka can only be selected for the Eden team if they took part in the Advanced tournament.
29 January 2017 – Cape Winelands Open and 1st tournament of the year, also 1st ever judo tournament for 99% of the 47 judoka that competed. The team returned with:
12 Gold,6 Silver, 6 Bronze
25 March 2017 – Cape Winelands Open
37 Judoka competed
13 Gold, 11 Silver, 5 Bronze
13 May 2017 – Western Cape Open and final team trials
37 Judoka competed
18 Gold, 6 Silver, 6 Bronze
Interesting, looking back on the achievements, how the medal takings show progressive improvement!
SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN 2017 – BLOEMFONTEIN (July school holidays)
This is a major National tournament and as coach I never expect medal takings from new judoka on their first SA Open.
27 judoka from the Eden Development JC were selected as part of the team.
Much to my amazement the results were as follows:
3 silver, 3 bronze
Boys 11 & 12 year team Bronze in the team event
26 August 2017 – National Ranking event – East London
A small group of 10 judoka, 9 development players, aged 13 and up attended this tournament in the attempt to earn much needed National points.
4 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
20 points for Gold, 15 points for Silver and 10 points for bronze.
9 September 2017 – Cape Town Open and Western Cape Team Trials
Only the judoka who represented Eden attended this tournament to qualify for the Western Cape Team to compete against EP 28 October in an Inter-Provincial Team event in George.
11 Gold, 10 Silver, 5 Bronze
13 judoka selected for the Western Cape Team, 12 of which are development players.
7 & 8 October 2017 – SA Schools – Soweto Gauteng.
22 Judoka attended this tournament, 20 of these children were from Eden Development Judo Club (Franken Primary School). This was the results!!
13 medals – 6 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze
28 October 2017 – Eden Open – George.
35 Eden Development Judo Club took part in this event. During this tournament, the judoka chosen for the Western Cape Team also took part in the Inter-Provincial Team event against Eastern Province. Except for the Group 1 & 2 boys team, every other team won against EP.
NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP – JANUARY 2018
NATIONAL TRIALS – FEBRUARY 2018
Three children from Franken Primӫr, and one from George, Eden Judo Development Club has been invited to the National Training Camp in January 2018 as well as National Trials in February 2018.
CHALLENGES – ASSISTANCE NEEDED
Each judoka pays R500 for the weekend travel to Cape Town based competitions which includes, transport, entry fee, food and accommodation.
National Ranking Event cost is approximately R2 500 per person and the South African Open Tournament cost is approximately R 3 500 per person.
We have been very fortunate to receive funding from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and the Department of Culture and Sport (DCAS). This funding helped tremendously to alleviate the financial impact, but we need more funding as the team grows.
Entry fee – Local, Provincial and National tournaments
Every judoka currently must pay R100 to enter local and provincial tournaments, R110 for National Ranking events and R500 for SA Open and SA Schools tournaments.
On average, 35 judoka attending tournaments during the year and hope to increase entry on this level to at least 40. We attended 3 tournaments in Cape Town, one SA Open and 4 National Ranking Events all over South Africa. If we want more judoka in National teams, we need to attend all 5 National Ranking Events during the year as well as the National Training Camp, usually in January each year.
We hope that you can see what a difference we are making in the communities and will help us continue doing what we love the most.