This programme is aimed at 5 – 7 year olds to prepare them for moving smoothly into the Advanced grading scheme on reaching 8 years of age. Coaches can choose whether to hold an awards day, or possibly more manageable, mark the young person up as they achieve each activity contained within their level of award. Although the main judo techniques come every three awards it is envisaged that the coach will work towards them as the player is progressing through the previous two awards.
Although the Programme provides for recognition of progress and achievement using coloured belts, this is not the objective. The Programme is aimed at creating an environment that focuses on competency, confidence, connection and character is important in developing our players to be well-rounded individuals who are prepared for a life time in the sport. Where a player decides to move to other sports or activity, their experiences in judo should help make those transitions successfully.