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Tournaments & Camps




Welcome to the beautiful City of Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital City for the Sportif International Winter Training Camp 2020. Winter Camp will offer two days of high quality training both on the mat and in the great outdoors.

Date: 28th – 29th November 2020

Location: Crags Centre, Queens Park, City of Edinburgh, Scotland

For Group Entries please contact Sportif (0044) (0) 1896 800 334 or

On the mat


Learn and Improve

The Sportif Winter Camp Coaching Team is committed to improving each judokas technical skills and to providing quality randori opportunities.

Each mat session will include high intensity randori and test contests designed to bring out the best in everyone. Then the coaching team’s focus switches from sparring to technical development, as they deliver practical, effective technical sessions.

Peter Gardiner – Director of Coaching Sportif Judo – Ex National Coach
John Buchanan – Olympian – World & Commonwealth Medallist
Preeti Gardiner – Asia Games Medallist – Commonwealth Team Member
Jenni Brien Millar – European & Commonwealth Medallist
Cedric Gaudet – Director of Coaching FFJ, Le Pole Espoir, Bourgogne France
Sam Ingram – JudoScotland (Regional Development Officer) – Paralympian – Olympic, World & European Medallist

On the hill


The venue chosen for this camp is unique and second to none in terms of outdoor training opportunities. The Crags Centre, where the training is based is built on the edge of the Queens Park in Edinburgh, 650 acres of wild hill and mountain terrain built around Arthurs Seat, a now dormant volcano.

Although young athletes will be tested during their conditioning workouts the focus is very much on working smart, as well as working hard. No caveman training here, smart workouts for smart athletes.

Explore Edinburgh


Edinburgh is a fantastic City, take the opportunity to explore with your team members in the evening. The Crags Centre is in the Heart of the Old City a perfect spring board for exploring the Castle, The Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace.

Judo is a fantastic sport for boys and girls and Sportif Judo is a great place to start. I started as a beginner with Sportif when I was seven years old, in a small village hall club. Little did I know 10 years later I would become a fulltime judo athlete representing Scotland and Great Britain at tournaments around the World. Sportif is my judo family

Abbi Blackie Team GB - Team Scotland - Team Sportif

You have no idea what a positive impact your encouraging words have had on her. This is the girl that did zero sports /exercise before judo... All she was interested in was science and books... Now look at her... Wanting to train outside in all weathers!!! It's brilliant. You have given her the confidence to do physical stuff that she thought she couldn’t do. - it's a real joy to see! Thank you Clare & Ross

Clare & Ross Ketteridge Nell's parents

Judo is much more than an Olympic sport or an art of self-defence. Judo is one of the best ways to shape positive character and physical form for a lifetime. I have worked with and strongly recommend the Sportif Judo program for children, young adults and adults looking for the very best training through Judo with ambitions to succeed in life

Nuno Delgado Olympic Medallist Portugal

In the 11 years, we have been involved in the Sportif family we have seen both our boys grow and develop both as athletes and people. Through a well structured and supportive programme that promotes the core values of respect, responsibility, discipline and team spirit, our boys have developed independence, resilience and ambition - key skills which will serve them well in their futures. Through a mixture of fun and hard work, our boys have been encouraged to be the very best they can be, both on and off the mat.

Zoe & Steve Walker Ollie and Sam's parents

Sportif judo has not only provided consistent excellence in judo coaching, but they have managed to take individual athletes and create a big team with congruent values of respect, integrity and honour. This is invaluable for success both on and off the judo mat.

Lori & Chris Thomson Luke & Maia’s Mum and Dad

Meet our

Director of coaching Sportif Judo

Director of Coaching Sportif Judo - Ex National Coach

Head Coach Sportif Judo

Olympian – World and Commonwealth medallist

Sportif Lead Coach

Asian Championship Medallist
Commonwealth Team Member

Sportif Excel Talent Coach

European and Commonwealth medallist


Judo Sessions
Conditioning sessions

Does not include:
Overnight accommodation
Any Meals

Group1 – Minors and Pre Cadet (2011 – 2004)
Group 2 – Cadet and Juniors (2003 – 1998)


Sat 28th
Sun 29th

Online booking and further information:
Camp programme & equipment list with confirmation information to follow.

Further Information
Telephone: (0044) 01896 800334 office – (0044) 0734 602 336 mobile