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Oldest judo club in norfolk in new fight against rising energy prices


A judo club that's been running in Norwich for 50 years is busy fundraising to make sure they can pay this year's heating costs.

I've recently visited Norwich Premier Judo Club at the Heathgate Centre and was really impressed by the work they do with young people.

The club has a good reputation and a number of its members have gone on to represent Great Britain in competition.

But costs are escalating.

Chairman Nigel Thompson told me, "we try and keep the cost down for the children who join the club and if anyone is keen to take up the sport we will always help. The staff are all volunteers, and do this work for the love of the sport. But rising costs mean we're having to fundraise to pay for this winter's fuel bills."

The club is the oldest in Norfolk and has members from right across the county.

Energy bills are one of the biggest expenses anyone has to face. A Labour government has committed to freeze energy prices until 2017, but clubs like this need our help now. The staff work really hard to make this a great place for young people to not just learn a sport but also improve their confidence and self respect.

Norwich Premier Judo has been raising cash by asking sponsors to make a donation for every fall scored during a 30 second judo bout.

Or you can go to their website to find how to donate and help make sure they'll still be training and supporting young people in another 50 years time.


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