Norwegian judo team visits Anglia Ruskin

Published: 12 October 2016 at 12:00

Norwegian judo players training with Anglia Ruskin students

International athletes in Cambridge for training and sports science support

Members of the Norwegian national judo team have enjoyed a two-day visit to Anglia Ruskin University before attending a GB squad training session in the Midlands.

The athletes from Norway joined their new national head coach, Mike Newton, in Cambridge to train with the Anglia Ruskin judo team and receive sports science support.

Newton said: 

“We are very grateful to Anglia Ruskin and the judo team for the warm welcome, training sessions and physiological tests performed.  

“The results of the tests will be very useful in helping athletes improve their strength and conditioning programmes, and inform their individual approach to weight management.”

British Olympic bronze medallist Neil Eckersley, who now coaches in Norway and travelled with the Norwegian team, said: 

“It was very informative to see the training approaches used at Anglia Ruskin, some of which I shall be implementing in the environment where I coach.  

“It was also a pleasure to participate in a Q&A session with Anglia Ruskin students on the subject of using and providing feedback.”

Bob Challis, who runs the England Performance Pathway Centre based at Anglia Ruskin, said 

“I think it’s great that we now have a reputation that means teams of this stature want to come and visit us.

“It’s good for our athletes to get exposure to international players, and our sports science students also benefited from having an Olympic bronze medallist assist in one of their lectures.”

Next month the British Army judo team are due to visit Anglia Ruskin for final preparations ahead of the inter-services championships, where they will compete against the RAF and Royal Navy.