EJU Refereeing Seminar 2008, London

29 May - 1 June 2008

Pictured above Course attendees, including Martin, 2nd from right

Martin recently attended the European Judo Union's Refereeing Seminar in London.

Normally reserved for International Referees, Martin (as a National Referee) was part of the organising team (the British Judo Association's Refereeing Commission).

This year saw a record number of European Countries attending - 44 in all, and a record number of deligates - 70.

The seminar was run by the EJU Refereeing Commission and Director of Refereeing (Mr Snijders, Netherlands), with the IJF Refereeing Director (Mr Barcos, Spain) and EJU Vice-Presidnet (Mr Barta, Czech Republic) in attendance.

The event started for Martin at Heathrow Airport, where he was part of the team getting the deligates from the airport to the hotel. (First arrival 7am, last arrival 10.30pm...)

The Seminar, over Friday and Saturday, included new/amended rule interpretations, new international competition qualifications, a visit to the House of Lords and Commons, a Gala Dinner, a London Bus Tour and London Eye flight, and a look at the 80 competition situation clips on the new IJF Training DVD.

Sunday saw the departure of the delegates.