So I am almost finished packing, although I have to say I am not sure exactly how I am going to get my washkit in the bag.
I am going to Turkey for two weeks, not on holiday but to deliver the next two-week block of the European Judo Union level 4 and 5 coaching awards. We decided that as the European Judo Championships were on at the same time as our two-week block we could attend the championships and deliver our lectures, mat sessions and seminars all at the same time.
Needless to say it has not been an easy process organising this trip. The Turkish Judo federation have been very supportive and have provided a hotel for us. The European Judo Union have also been very supportive. There are 15 students and three staff. There will be lectures and mat sessions delivered by TeamBath head coach Juergen Klinger, former world champion and vice president of the EJU Daniel Lascau, EJU general secretary Envic Galea, performance analyst Thierry Loison from France, EJU sports director and Croatian judo federation directing committee member Hrvoje Lindi, Director of judospace and IJAR president Dr Mike Callan and myself. We are also hoping that Mr. Sergey Soloveychik, President of the European Judo Union will address the students.
All students and staff have been accredited to the to European championships and will undertake different tasks each day. This will include shadowing members of the EJU during the competition to gain a greater understanding of the complexities presented when organising such an event. They will also spend a day with the performance analysis teams observing how they collect data.
I will try to update from Istanbul, not sure how the wifi connection is going to be though.