Admiral funds Royjudo's competition for children of all abilities

Local employer Admiral provided almost £500 to WISP (Welsh Integrated Sports Plan) JUDO so that children, no matter what their ability, could compete in a number of judo competitions across South Wales.

Through its long running Community Chest scheme, Admiral gave money towards the cost of a club competition, paying for medals and certificates for over 70 children and judo suits for participants who did not have one. These suits are now being used to kit out beginners to their classes and enable them to run sessions in local schools.

Lara Court, who has worked in Admiral for over twenty years, applied for the money, as she has a close connection to the organisation because her father, Roy Court, is the founder and head coach of WISP Judo.

Known affectionately throughout the judo world as Royjudo, he said, “WISP Judo is a voluntary organisation which provides judo sessions for all, regardless of disability or background. We pride ourselves on running classes for all, without segregation or running specific special needs sessions. All our coaches and helpers are volunteers.

“My daughter and I were overwhelmed with Admiral’s response and truly appreciate the support which has given confidence to all our members, coaches and volunteers. It has been a great success particularly for our new members, who now have the confidence to join, knowing they can be kitted out for our sessions.”

Roy is a finalist in the Disability Sports Coach of the Year category at the upcoming Nation Radio Sport Awards 2016. His daughter Lara is busy campaigning for votes amongst her Admiral colleagues and you can vote for him here.

Admiral’s Community Chest scheme has been running for over ten years and gives thousands of pounds annually to local charities and organisations in South Wales.