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Graeme Welsh

Graeme Welsh
HEAD SENIOR COACH
3rd Dan Judo, 1st Dan BJJ
UKCC Level 2 Coach

Graeme has been training at the Welwyn Garden City judo club for 30 years and has been running the senior section the past 20 years. Graeme has won many titles some of which include:

  • National Youth Champion -18
  • Welsh Open -18 gold
  • British Trials - 21-78kgs silver 1987
  • World Firefighters Games, Perth, Australia 1994 - 86kgs gold
  • World Firefighters Games, Perth, Australia 1994 - open gold
  • World Firefighters Games, Edmonton, Canada 1996 - 86kgs gold
  • British Masters 2004 - 81kgs gold
  • World Firefighters Games, 2004 - 81kgs gold

Graeme has been twice to Japan firstly in 1990 and secondly in 1999 where he trained at the Kanagawa Budokan. Even he does occasionally get thrown.

Graeme loves his groundwork and has cross trained using Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Mill Hill Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy), for many years. Graeme was awarded his BJJ black belt by Roger Gracie in 2013.

Andy Bonfield

Andy Bonfield
HEAD JUNIOR COACH
4th Dan
UKCC Level 2 Coach
CRB Checked

Andy has been practicing Judo for over 40 years; and coaching the junior section at the Welwyn Garden City Judo Club since the 1980s.

Andy has won an array of competition medals and qualified for the Great Britain Masters Squad. He is currently head coach at Haberdashers Aske School.

  • National Veterans 1999 – 5th place
  • National Veterans 1999 – Bronze
  • British masters 2002 -100k gold
  • British masters 2003 -100k gold
  • British Masters 2004 - 100kg bronze
Ben Almond

Ben Almond
HEAD YOUTH COACH
1st Dan
UKCC Level 2 Coach
CRB Checked

Ben has been actively involved in youth coaching since 2006 and also coordinates the tournament and competition side of the junior club.

In addition Ben runs the club’s administration being a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is our primary contact to the BJA Head Office, our BJA Area Development Officer and Gosling Sports Park.

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Welwyn Garden City Judo Club

Based at Gosling Stadium, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.