website new

Tel. 0868252221



District Fitness, Raheen Business Park, Athenry

Head Coach

Classes in Athenry are run by Ben Clayden, an IJA 4th Degree Competition Grade Black Belt and the 2017 All Ireland Champion and 2018 silver medalist in both the Senior and Veteran Men O100Kg weight class.

Ben's also won the Senior Men's All Ireland Title in 2012in the U100kg weight class, and the Silver medal at the 2017 (O100Kg) & 2012 (U100Kg) Irish International Open. However we view competitive success is only a small part of Judo.

Ben obtained a solid technical foundation in Judo having started his Judo career with the BJC in the UK under Sensei Simon Mazzulo (7th Dan) and Sensei Sampson Sampson (6th Dan). More than 20 years on and now with the IJA, our senior instructor still strongly believes that Judo is much more than the mere learning and application of martial arts techniques or sporting success. In its totality, Judo is a wonderful system of physical, intellectual, and moral education.  

Ben Clayden

Athenry Judo Club, Galway City School of Judo, Galway Judo

Our goals in Athenry are to provide excellent fundamental, technical Judo coaching to all our members using traditional Judo values and progressive coaching techniques that foster, promote and develop classically dynamic, fluid Judo in a safe, nurturing and friendly environment.


Qualifications & Experience

Our head coach holds an UK NVQ Level Two Community Sports Leader Award and Sport Ireland & IJA Level 1 & Level 2 Coaching Awards. Ben is also a Sport Ireland Coach Developer working with the IJA's Coaching Commmision to train and develop Judo Coaches. In addition to this Ben currently holds the position of Honorary General Secretary on the Irish Judo Association's Executive Commitee's Management Team.


Assistant  Coaching Team

Athenry Judo Club currently have eight IJA & Coaching Ireland Certified Level One Coaches involved in the club.


First aid Safeguarding and Vetting

Edith Murphy, our Club Secretary, is the club's Child Protection Officer and John Martin is the club's designated Child Protection Liasion Officer. John is also the Irish Judo Associations' National Designated Liasion Person and a qualified Solicitor and he regulary advises the Club & the Association on best practice in relation to safeguarding and vetting policies. All of the coaching team at Athenry Judo Club are fully Garda vetted (within the past 3 years) and have have done training through the Galway Sports Partnership in Child protection and Code of Ethics in relation to young people and Sport (all certificates valid until 2020).


There are currently 8 qualified first aid representives in the club.