The Club

Portland Judo Club was first established in October 1996 by Jeff Elliott and his daughter Terri at the Portland Leisure Centre in the Meadows area of Nottingham. In December 1997 the club moved to the Queens Walk Community Centre in the Meadows.

In January 2002, the club moved to premises off Carlton Road in the town centre of Nottingham, before moving to the KK Sport Centre in 2007.  In March 2010, the club moved again to a permanently matted dojo on the first floor of Roden House, where it stayed for 18 months.

On 1st August 2011, Portland Judo Club made it's most recent move and is now based at Rushcliffe Leisure Centre in West Bridgford with classes taking place in the main sports hall.

The club caters for players of all ages and abilities from 5 yrs up, from total beginner to black belt and is always looking to attract new members. Beginners are welcome as are experienced judoka, with sessions running on Wednesday evenings.  (Please note the club closes for 2 weeks at Christmas, 1 week at Easter and throughout the whole of August.)

The club and its coaches are members of the British Judo Association and as such the club abides by the policies and guidelines laid down by the association.

The club runs an in-house grading system for players aged 5-7years and British Judo's Technical Grading scheme for players aged 8+. Players can grade from Novice to 18th Mon (Brown belt) for juniors and from Novice to 1st Kyu (Brown belt) for seniors within the club.

The club is happy to grade all players (including visiting players) capable of passing the relevant examination. The club holds grading sessions once every three months for juniors and on request for seniors. Details of future grading dates can be found on the 'Club news' page.