Qualified to Coach Judo? “2022 Case Study” – updated 19/6/2022

Qualified to Coach Judo? “2022 Case Study” – updated 19/6/2022

June 19, 2022

UPDATED!

Upon the Kendal Judo club FaceBook page seeking membership of the GB Judo Event FaceBook group, it has been removed and blocked from the group, 18/6/2022.

Go to GB Judo Event FaceBook group – click.

Due to the escalated questions about Mike Liptrot’s BJA coaching level and validity date remain unanswered by the BJA CEO, Andrew Scoular, and Mike Liptrot having been identified as an administrator of the Kendal Judo Club Facebook page.   

After the recent restructuring within the BJA, Sami Smithson is now head of Inclusion, Safeguarding and Wellbeing at the BJA.  
(See BJA staff directory for contact details)

Without the implementation of a BJA coach registry on the BJA Dojo, still outstanding 17 months after this was recognised as a safeguarding priority, it is still not possible to verify Mike Liptrot’s detailed BJA coahing level/validity status.   

BJA coach applicants are required to have undergone an enhanced DBS check*. 
It has not been possible to verify what level of DBS check Mike Liptrot allegedly has gone through.

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*What does a DBS check actually check?
 
A Disclosure and Barring Service check (or DBS check for short) is the term used for the analysis and record of a person’s past, looking specifically at any convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings they may have received.
 
BJA coaching requires an enhanced DBS check.  

An enhanced DBS check has all the information contained in a standard DBS check. With an enhanced check, an employer [The BJA] can also request to see whether a potential or current employee [Coach or applicant] is listed on the Children’s Barred List or Adult First list.      

(28th February 2022)

CONGRATULATIONS!

To Mike Liptrot, Kendal Judo Club, for becoming a licensed BJA judo coach after many years of having refused to DBS check* and not considering himself to be coaching judo!
In only a matter of weeks, 1st Dan Michael Peter Liptrot*, has passed all the BJA coach requirements and tests, including DBS check, and is now qualified to coach judo.   
DBS checks and their content are confidential between the applicant and the BJA.     
 

Concerns and questions about whether a person is licensed to coach judo, or not, within:

BJA (British Judo Association)
JudoScotland
NIJudo (Northern Ireland Judo Federation)
WJA (Welsh Judo Association
AJA (Amateur Judo Association)
BJC (British Judo Council) 
BJA Safeguarding Manager, Keith Eldridge, has not been willing to disclose when Mike Liptrot has become a BJA qualified Judo coach nor the level of his BJA coaching license.    
He has referred the matter to his line-manager, BJA CEO Andrew Scoular.
CONTACT

Contact the BJA Safeguarding Manager, Keith Eldridge, or Assistant Manager, Marina Dain, via email, phone, mobile or FaceBook messenger*.

BJA Staff Directory (phone-mobile-email) – click.

BJA Safeguarding manager, Keith Eldridge, FaceBook.

Deputy BJA Safeguarding manager, Marina Dain, FaceBook.  

Over 4 years, 2 months, 16 days since BJA Sport Director, Colin McIvor, initiated talks about a coach registry, BJA Safeguarding Manager, Keith Eldridge, has stated that  “Its on the agenda” (31 January 2022).

*

Information about the BJA coach registry should be addressed to BJA safeguarding or Mr Colin McIvor, BJA Sport Director.

BJA Safeguarding and management were under the false impression that it was possible to check BJA coaching qualifications beyond individual clubs by any BJA qualified coach.   

BJA Staff Directory (phone-mobile-email) – click.

Is it a judo club, “Martial Arts Schools”, a “Performance and Event Venue” or a Charity?  

It is the same contact details.

  

The Dojo – Kendal Judo Club

or

Kendal Judo Performance Centre

Or a non-profit / charitable organisation?

Kendal Winter Training Camp

 

You can check the BJADojo where the BJA has been trying to incorporate it for over 9 months whether this has been succesful? 

What does a DBS check actually check?
 
A Disclosure and Barring Service check (or DBS check for short) is the term used for the analysis and record of a person’s past, looking specifically at any convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings they may have received.
 
BJA coaching level 1 requires an enhanced DBS check.  
An enhanced DBS check has all the information contained in a standard DBS check. With an enhanced check, an employer [The BJA] can also request to see whether a potential or current employee [Coach or applicant] is listed on the Children’s Barred List or Adult First list.

BJA Links:

DBS (Disclosure and Barrings Service):

DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE

Positive DBS check process:

If your DBS checks holds new information, British Judo will request you to provide a copy of your Disclosure certificate from the DBS and follow the Positive Disclosure policy.

Similarly, any concerns or information about BJC coaches and any outcome of the criminal charges brought against “DR” and what judo clubs were requested to search their female toilets for electronics should be addressed to BJA Safeguarding or the BJC (British Judo Council). 

The BJC didn’t suspend his BJC coaching license or membership until a couple of months after being informed by the BJA.

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Qualified to Coach Judo? “2022 Case Study” – updated 19/6/2022

Without a public registry of who is qualified and licensed by the BJA to coach judo.

Members and the public have to rely on the information they can obtain from websites, social media, communication with the club/individuals and what they see in the media.

Question: 
Who are the Kendal Judo Club judo coaches and what are their qualifications?

The Kendal Judo Club website?
Not working for years.

Information request via email:

The email contact from all 3 FaceBook pages? 
[email protected] (Mike Liptrot?)
No response for a month.

The email contact from the BJA club finder?
[email protected](Kendal Judo Club Chair)
No response for a month.

Kendal Judo Club DiSE 2021 contact?
[email protected] (Danny Harper)
No response for a month!

Qualified to Coach Judo? “2022 Case Study” – updated 19/6/2022

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Social Media & Press coverage

Press coverage:

7th January 2022

Kendal Judo welcome Paralympic gold medallist Chris Skelley  

20th November 2021

 

Kendal judo club welcomes Olympian Neil Adams for coaching session

6th May 2021

 

Kendal Judo Club prepares to open the Dojo in June

Most recently in an IJF (International Judo Federation) website article shared widely on social media.

JF article 5 January 2022:
by Jo Crowley 
(Head coach at Ealing Judo club and a member of the BJA London area committee)

Saving our Teens

Social Media Links:
The Dojo – Kendal Judo Club – FaceBook page – click

 

KendalJudo instagram – click 
No Kendal Judo club twitter account was found.
mike liptrot Twitter – click
 Currently not available.  See previous content.
Upon being supplied with the above links?
BJA Safeguarding:
“………..the BJA and Kendal JC have no control over what the media states and we have no further comment on this matter”

 

If you want to check who is qualified to coach judo & is licensed by the BJA, Mike Liptrot’s Twitter account would be very misleading!
 

Want to discuss judo?

Without worrying about censorship?
Bullying?
Hassle?

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Love judo - Hate the politics!
#StrongerTogether
Join the FaceBook Group!

Qualified to Coach Judo? “2022 Case Study” – updated 19/6/2022

Coach Registry History

2017:
BJA Sport Director, Colin McIvor, initiates talks about the creation of a coach registry*.  

2018 – 2019:
Comberton Judo Club and “Bob” Darren Challis** falsely claims he is a licensed BJA level 3 judo coach, despite “Bob” Darren Challis having been suspended as a coach by the BJA, about 18 months prior**. 
Repeated attempts by members and “judo parents” to get the BJA to put a stop to this were unsuccessful. 
At one stage, the BJA Safeguarding manager states that the BJA could do nothing about private websites. 
Despite Comberton JC receiving government funding, via the BJA, for participating in the DiSE scheme.  (Diploma in Sporting Excellence)

BJA safeguarding is supplied with email evidence of a member of the public contacting Comberton Judo Club via their website and getting the response that “Bob” Darren Challis was a fully qualified and licensed BJA lvl 3 judo coach.  April 2019
BJA safeguarding will not get involved with private correspondence. 

In October 2019, the BJA published a “public statement” ***  due to information and facts published on an independent website.   It was an anonymous case study “Coach X”.

 

The BJA board discusses the matter as a “Reputational Risk” ***

Early 2021:
BJA Safeguarding department and the BJA CEO, Andrew Scoular, are informed that despite their belief that the BJADojo can perform nationwide coaching qualification verification by any BJA coach, the BJADojo cannot do NOT this and can only perform such a check within individual BJA clubs. 

After a couple of weeks of the BJA checking the online capability of the BJADojo?
The flaw is acknowledged and it becomes a priority safeguarding issue to be corrected. 
Expected to be done in a matter of weeks. 
A couple of requests for an update through 2021 are met with increasing irritation but reassurances that it will be done, asap.  

January 2022:    

When requesting an update about the BJADojo About 9 months after the flaw is recognised as a priority safeguarding issue, BJA safeguarding admits it hasn’t been possible to correct the flaw with the BJADojo and have no information about if/when it will be corrected!

 Coach Registry History reference: 

 *BJA Board meeting, 12 December 2017 Click

 ** Examples of Comberton Judo club’s website.

 *** BJA Website statement – Click

 **** BJA Board meeting, 22 October 2019, discusion “Reputational Risk” – click

 

See screenshots.

See later in this post, press coverage about Kendal Judo club.

 

 

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