Judo Club makes French connection

By Leah Smith in Martial Arts

Midsomer Norton Judo Club recently welcomed 22 players from Ambarès et Lagrave, their twinned club in France. The exchange has been going for 34 years and the friendship between the two clubs grows stronger every year.

The visit was short this year, but as always, a good time was had by everyone, with a trip to Freedog in Bristol, a meal and disco and a skittles night.

Also, there was just enough time for a training session at the Somer Centre on the Saturday, instructed jointly by Hearve Brangor, 5th Dan and Matthew Hucker, 4th Dan, also a

Randori challenge on the Sunday, with medals exchanged and a trophy which the clubs exchange every year.

The French visitors returned home on Monday, 17th April and had a safe journey back. Midsomer Norton Judo Club look forward to their trip to France next year to keep the exchange going.

The club would like to thank everyone that hosted and everyone that helped out with the smooth running of the exchange, especially Mark Comer, for organising the event and his wife, Nichola, for fundraising to pay for the Freedog and the Easter eggs presented to the French players after the Randori challenge on Sunday. Also a big thank you to James Hucker for fundraising and Mr and Mrs A. Crooks for hosting the Friday night reception meal.

The club would like to acknowledge Mitchard’s Butchers, Bath Sounds, The Horse and Jockey and Mandy’s Buffet and a thank you to the Management Committee of the Somer Centre for the donated time over the weekend.

Anyone interested in taking up Judo, please contact Colin Taylor on: 01761 419703 or visit the club’s Facebook page: Midsomer Norton Judo Club.