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Meet the Coaches

Our Judo Coaches are all British Judo Association (BJA) qualified and Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checked.

Picture of Bryan Butler

Bryan Butler has held his Dan grade since 1987 and has been head coach at Newent Judo Club since the early 1990s.

As a teenager he represented his club, Gloucestershire and the West of England at numerous competitions up to National level, he still represents Newent at the occasional competition where his club members can watch him fight.

Bryan is the joint Gloucestershire junior squad coach.

Bryan is also an active member of the Gloucestershire County Committee, helping to organise local events.

Bryan can be contacted via email ( or telephone.

If you would like to telephone for information about the club and its activities, contact Bryan on 01452 451399 (Evenings only).

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Elaine O'Connell Francischetto has held her 2nd Dan since February 2007 achieving her 1st Dan in 2002 and has been assisting Bryan since the start of 2005, in February 2006 she achieved her Club Coach qualification.

In 2008 Elaine became the Inclusion Officer for the club, it is her aim to get more people interested in doing judo regardless of their abilities.

She has also represented the club at numerous competitions as well as representing Gloucestershire, the West and Great Britain.

Elaine was on the Great Britain Junior womens squad for 2 years, earning her flags while competing in Belgium and Holland.

Elaine is taking a break from coaching at present, but can still be contacted about any inclusion information.

You can email Elaine at email

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Chris Giglio has held his Coaching qualification since 2014.

Chris is also the club membership secretary, organises judo gi's and looks after the welfare of the members.

Chris can be found at the club most Fridays if you need to talk to him.

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Izzy Butler has held her Coaching qualification since 2014 and looks after the welfare of the members.

Izzy can be contacted via email ( or telephone.

If you would like to telephone for information regarding our Safe guarding and Child Protection Policy or Behaviour Management policy, contact Izzy on 07734 723410 .

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Mike Woodham has held his 1st Dan since 2007 and his level 2 coaching qualification since 2021.

Mike keeps our players informed about competitions.