A Judo Club in Norwich, has a brighter financial future, after Norwich South Labour candidate Clive Lewis stepped in to help them. The Premier Judo Club, which runs at the Heathgate centre, has been going for 50 years.
When Clive Lewis visited them in November they were hard pressed and fundraising just to pay their winter heating bills. What made things worse was a dispute with their landlords. At the time Judo club Chairman Nigel Thompson said, "The club has spent money adapting this building, and costs keep going up. I just hope the club can survive".
Labour parliamentary candidate Clive Lewis decided to get involved and went to the city council for help. Now property manager NPS Group has confirmed the dispute is resolved and they'll start discussions with the Club next week about the future. The Labour run council says it's important as a Healthy City to show support for clubs like Premier Judo which are a community resource.
Club chairman Nigel Thompson is thrilled. "I'm so delighted Clive came along and got involved with the club. This has lifted a real burden from us. It's fantastic news for the club and the people of Norwich. There's been a lot more interest in the Judo club from the local community recently and this will offer us a real chance to flourish."
Clive Lewis says, "When I came to visit the judo club and see the excellent work they do in the community, I had no idea about the problems they were facing. And yet when I found out what they were, I knew our Labour City Councillors could help them. "This is what Labour councillors and candidates are there for. They are, and always must be, our community's voice in city hall. To that end I'm thrilled to bits at this outcome."