Meet The Team

Club Chairman - Andrew Murray

1st Dan

Andrew is qualified as a Level 2 Club Coach and Mental Health First Aider. His successes include GB (Army) International Judo Team 2002, British Army Squad 1994 - 2004, British Army Open Champion 2003, Inter Services Champion (Team) 2002, Army Judo Association Champion 2002, silver in the Southend International Championships (Masters) 2012, awarded 'ARMY SPORTING COLOURS' for dedication to sport in the Army 2002 and finalist for Coach of the Year 2017 at the Comet Sports Awards.

Club Secretary - Mark Varty

2nd Dan

Mark started with the Club when he was 7yrs old under the strong guidance of Bill.  Mark has progressed to 2nd Dan and gained his Senior Club Coach several years ago.  Mark's successes include a silver in the British Masters Open in 2003, Junior Hertfordshire Champion, Nothern Home Counties Champion and Southern Area Champion and was a finalist at the Comet Sports Awards for Service to Sport 2017.  

Club Vice Chairman - Mike Oliver

2nd Dan

Mike recently became the British Masters Champion for his category and previously held British Universities Champion - Fought for British Students Team in British Championships and trained with the British Squad - he has attained County Champion and had his own club in Camberley but was forced into retirement 25 years ago due to injury. Mike is now back and stronger than ever.

Club Treasurer - Judy Wardle


Judy is responsible for ensuring all aspects of the club are running efficiently and effectively. Judy administers the new starters, grading processes, certificates, stock accounting...and the coaches...

Club Walfare Officer - Jo Murray

The Club Walfare Officer must have attended the the NSPCC Safeguarding Children and Time to Listen courses and be DBS cleared. Jo is available to deal with any aspect or concern a child may have about their welfare at the Club. The Welfare Officer attends most sessions and is on hand to speak to parents, carers and children, in person or on the phone, in complete confidence should they wish.

Honarary Club President - Bill 'Mr Judo' Stroud

2nd Dan

Bill founded the Club in 1965 and has been an integral part ever since.  During his time at SJC he has qualified as a Senior Club Coach, National Referee and BJA Examiner.  Bill has also been recognised throughout the years for his dedication to sport with the 'SPORT FOR ALL' award in 1979, 'LIFETIME SERVICE TO SPORT' award in 2003 and 'SERVICE TO SPORT' award in 2009.  His own son Vince became a member of the GB Olympic Judo Squad.

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