Officials

Chairman – Adrian Holt

Adrian HoltJoined Coventry Judo Club in 1964 as a junior and progressed to be a member of the GB Senior Squad during the late 70s and early 80s.

A distinguished competition career has resulted in the remarkable achievement of winning medals in each of the last 5 decades since a junior in the 60s through to Masters events in recent years.

Competing in Masters tournaments has been particularly successful with 3 consecutive British titles and he has also attended the World Championships twice, gaining a brilliant silver medal when they were held in Northern Ireland (2002).

A qualified Senior Club Coach with years of teaching experience including running classes at Warwick University, Coventry Sports Centre and in Daventry.


Patron – Neil Adams MBE

Neil Adams MBEBorn in Rugby and trained at Coventry Judo Club from the age of 7 to 16, winning 6 consecutive National Junior titles.

He then moved to London and went on to have a phenomenal senior competition career becoming World Champion in 1981 and winning silver medals at the Moscow and Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Coached the British Judo Team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the Belgian National team. He also travels widely to deliver coaching to national teams and elite competitors. He was awarded the MBE in 1983 for services to sport.


President & Senior Coach – Bruce Newcombe

BruceJoined Coventry Judo Club in 1964 aged 11 and progressed to being selected as a reservist for the 1980 Moscow Games. A member of the British Judo Squad from 1974 to 1980 he competed internationally in Holland, Sweden and Belgian. Won silver at the 1978 British Open and was Midlands Area Champion 10 times as well forming part of the Midlands team which won the British Championship from 1978 & 1980. Very aware of the beneficial aspects he has gained personally from being involved in judo and dedicated to developing and maintaining a good club environment.

Involved in judo coaching since 1974 and immediately qualified as a Senior Club Coach in 2003 when the BJA restructured its coaching system. Vastly experienced in coaching both juniors and seniors of all levels, encouraging them to progress through the grades and providing support at competitions.

Held the position of Midland Area Junior Coach from 1974 to 1993 resulting in the team winning the British National Team Championship on 4 occasions and produced numerous competitors who went on to win individual national titles including Simon Moss.

From 2000 has been active as a coach to local participants in the Masters World Competition, most recently in 2006. The event was held in France and the judo players returned with 2 gold medals and 4 bronze medals.


Club Secretary – Sara Hayes

Sara HayesStarted practising judo in 1972, the last 13 years in Coventry.

Competed in junior and university competitions but also enjoys the technical side of judo, developing an excellent understanding of the fundamentals and is an Area Referee.

A qualified Club Coach who is regularly involved with classes at the club.

Serves on the BJA Complaints & Conduct Commission.



Welfare Officer – Lisa Houston

Lisa HoustonCame from a gymnastics background, where she competed nationally, before her career was cut short through injury at the age of 15.

Went on to qualify as both a men’s and women’s gymnastics coach, and now holds a B.A.G.A General Club Coach award (equivalent to a level 3). Lisa has taught gymnastics in a club and schools environment, and is also a qualified First Aider.

Lisa states Judo has now taken over our lives, but in a good way, meaning she no longer has time to coach. With two sons and one daughter at the club, a background in teaching, and as a Special Education Needs Governor for many years, Lisa is well placed, and qualified, to take on the role of Welfare Officer.

Lisa is also qualified in British Sign Language to NVQ Level 3 standard.