Sonkei Judo Ballycastle delighted to celebrate their second birthday

Recent competition success for the team at the Shori open in Derry

Recent competition success for the team at the Shori open in Derry

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The McAllister Hall Dojo in Ballycastle had a night off intense training and enjoyed a celebration judo session as Sonkei Judo marked their second year in existence.

With a squad of nearly 40 members the club has grown fantastically in the two years, with many of the members still with the club from its beginning.

Paula Donald club secretary overseeing the candle blow out.

Paula Donald club secretary overseeing the candle blow out.

In fact it was a double celebration as some of the club members had just returned from taking part in an open competition in Derry where they were proud recipients of medals.

However, it was the cake and the fun and games on the night that proved to be the biggest winner ahead of the medals!

Mark Donald, head coach of the club said: “To have members still here from us opening is a massive achievement, it’s been great to see kids start from nothing and really develop both themselves as people with their approach to training and the techniques we learn in our syllabus.

“The club has a fantastic atmosphere and we offer a great combination of fun with hard training, with a host of ages and mix of boys and girls involved.

Recent competition success for the team at the Shori open in Derry

Recent competition success for the team at the Shori open in Derry

“Personally, I would like to thank Alan Ashcroft from Causeway Judo who developed me into a coach and help found the club, as well as Mark Harris our club coach, Paula Donald and Joanne Killough who help with the training nights too.”

The club is now looking for senior members to get involved with training on a Monday night and no experience is required.

A genuine warm welcome awaits and training can be tailored for all ages and fitness levels. For more information find the club on Facebook or call Mark on 07789 224078.

Coach Mark Harris and Robin Pitts working on techniques as the senior class gets started

Coach Mark Harris and Robin Pitts working on techniques as the senior class gets started