Newburn Judo Club

The club is a community-based group managed by a committee in Newburn Village, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, England. The club operates via a constitution and has an open door policy where all are welcome regardless of ability, disability, gender or ethnic origin. The club strives to promote an ethos of encouragement and endeavours to nurture all those that participate to be the best that they can be as people, so they are a benefit to their own communities. The club is a community-based group managed by a committee in Newburn Village, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, England.

Judo in Action

A brief history of the club

The club was formed in 1987 when the Newburn Leisure Centre first opened its doors to the public. The Queen Mother attended an official opening ceremony and the club began with a handful of young novices who provided a display for her and the other dignitaries who were in attendance. Looking back this must have been terrifying for those young children as they had only been doing judo for three months.

Neil Adams, World Champion and a very high profile judo player came to Newburn to officially open the club as Newburn Judo Club.

Other Olympians have also attended the club over the years, providing coaching seminars and training days through the Olympic workshop programme and club invitations.

The club was the mission of Joe Laws and Ian Smythe who along with the students, parents and their families propelled the club forwards in its development.

The club has been very fortunate to have had Chloe Cowen (O'Gorman) as a coach for the last three years. Chloe was Junior World Bronze, 5 times European Medallist, British Open Champion, Commonwealth Champion and competed in the Sydney Olympics.

The club has produced many junior national medallists (See awards and Events page) and is currently the BJA's Centre of excellence for the Northern Area

The club trains at:

Newburn Activity Centre,
Grange Road

Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE15 8ND

The Club Training Times are:

Kano (Under 8's) Club – Key stage 1 and 2 - 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Junior Boys and Girls– Key stage 1 and 2 –  5.00pm – 6.30pm

Juniors Boys and Girls– Key stage 3 and 4 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Seniors -                                                 8.30pm – 10.00pm


Kano Club – Key stage 1 and 2 –                      4.00pm –5.00pm

Junior Boys and Girls – Key stage 2, 3 and 4–    5.00pm –6.30pm

Seniors –                                                      6.30pm – 8:00pm


Saturday Juniors Boys and Girls - Key stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 - 10.00 –11.30am

The Cost

First Session Free

The cost of each session is £2.60  - £3.50 for seniors but discounts are available via the reception information desk at the centre

The Coaches

All of Newburn's coaches are very experienced and qualified in the sport of judo with recognized qualifications and are fully insured to teach judo for beginners and to advanced level participants. Below are the current members of the coaching staff:

UKCC Level 2 Coaches



Stephen Welsh

Aaron Hunter

Holly Laws

Jordan Beck

Mark Osborne

The club is managed by a group of committed volunteers who give up their time voluntarily. Below are members of Newburn Judo Club's committee

To contact any person from the club please do so via the club email [email protected]

Chair - Rob Arkless

Secretary - Jean Wakeford

Treasurer - Jeanette McGuiness

Member - Caroline Allison

Member - Ann Allison

Member - Jackie Law

Member - Joanna Arkless