News Archive, Category: Judo

Juergen Klinger giving advice to AASE judoka during a training session in October 2017

Team Bath’s finest share expertise with rising young judo stars before big weekend of competition

26 October 2017

The University of Bath hosted an up-and-coming wave of young, talented judo players from around the South West this week ahead of a big few days of international competition for the current high-performance squad. Teenagers on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme took part in training sessions guided by Team Bath Head Coach Juergen Klinger and world-class judoka including Olympian Ben Fletcher and Commonwealth Champion Megan Fletcher, providing a fresh and challenging take on judo...

University of Bath named as Sports University of the Year in Good University Guide 2018

22 September 2017

The University of Bath has been named as the UK’s top sports university in the influential The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The award is based on the quality of its world-class sporting facilities, the performance of its student sports teams and the ranking of its sports-related subjects, with Sports Science also topping the Guide’s ranking table for the subject. Vice-Chancellor & President of the University of Bath, Professor Dame Glynis...

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher edged out in golden score at Senior World Championships

03 September 2017

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher suffered a golden-score defeat to double Olympian Ramadan Darwish during a hard-fought contest at the 2017 Senior World Championships. MJ Church ambassador Fletcher, coached by Juergen Klinger at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, went into the event in Budapest on the back of some excellent results and performances during 2017. He demonstrated that form in the opening round of the men’s -100kg competition, a tactical battle against Brazil’s...

MJ Church ambassador and Team Bath Judo's Ben Fletcher

Hard work paying off as Ben Fletcher heads to Judo World Championships on career high

31 August 2017

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher is aiming to finish his “best season so far” on a high note when he represents Great Britain at the World Senior Championships in Budapest, Hungary this weekend. The Rio 2016 Olympian, an ambassador for Team Bath partners MJ Church, goes into the -100kg competition with a career-high world ranking of 18 after winning three international medals during 2017. His silver at the Cancun Grand Prix in Mexico was Fletcher’s...

Maximise your sporting potential – try out for our Futures Athlete Development programme

22 August 2017

Young sportspeople looking to maximise their potential and gain an added advantage on their sporting journey are being invited to attend a free screening day for the 2017-18 Team Bath Futures Athlete Development programme. Taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Saturday, September 9, the screening day will test the physical fitness, speed and power of current and aspiring members of the talent development scheme. They will also receive an introduction...

Ben Fletcher celebrates his European Open Minsk bronze medal with coach Juergen Klinger, July 2017

Ben Fletcher claims big-names scalps on way to latest international judo medal

25 July 2017

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher continued his preparations for next month’s World Championships by winning a bronze medal at the European Open in Minsk, Belarus. It was a third podium finish of 2017 for the MJ Church ambassador, following up on his bronze at the Rome European Open and silver at last month’s Cancun Grand Prix in Mexico. Fletcher, coached by Juergen Klinger at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, overcame Sweden’s Emil Mattsson,...

Six of the best – Bath-based athletes in contention for TASS Stars Awards

22 July 2017

Six athletes who receive Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) support at the University of Bath have been shortlisted in the first-ever TASS Stars Awards for their performances during the past year. Shooter Kristian Callaghan, who graduated earlier this month with a Masters in Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, is in contention for the Most Inspirational prize. Judoka Rhys Thompson is shortlisted for Most Enterprising athlete, while two of the three contenders for Most Dedicated are...

MJ Church ambassador and Team Bath Judo's Ben Fletcher

Ben Fletcher bound for Budapest after World Judo Champs place is confirmed

12 July 2017

Team Bath Judo’s Ben Fletcher has had his place confirmed in the British Judo squad for the 2017 World Championships, taking place in Budapest, Hungary. Fletcher, coached by Juergen Klinger in the University of Bath Sports Training Village dojo, will compete in the men’s -100kg weight division after setting the qualifying standard by winning silver at the Cancun Grand Prix in Mexico last month. That medal success, his best-ever Grand Prix performance, moved the Rio...

Ben Fletcher MJ Church ambassador Team Bath Judo

Super silver in Mexico earns World Championship qualification for Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher

19 June 2017

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher achieved the qualifying standard for this year’s World Championships by recording his best Grand Prix result to date – a silver medal in Cancun, Mexico. The Rio 2016 Olympian was in fantastic form in the men’s -100kg category on Sunday, beating LA Smith III of the United States by two waza-ari scores before overcoming Cuba’s Andy Granda after forcing a third Shido penalty in the golden-score period. Fletcher – an ambassador for...

Donate old sports kit and equipment to Zambia 5050 appeal this week

29 May 2017

Athletes and teams are being asked to donate their old sports kit and equipment to the Zambia 5050 appeal at the University of Bath this week. Donations of balls, bibs, T-shirts, shorts, trainers, boots and larger equipment like netball posts and five-a-side goals are being accepted at the Team Bath Training & Development Office, outside the Founders Hall, from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday (May 31). It is in support of the inspirational Volunteer Zambia project, which...

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