Everyone at Camberley Judo Club would like to offer a massive thanks to Vince Skillcorn as he steps down from his role as advanced junior coach at Camberley Judo Club. Vince has been in his role at the club for nearly a decade and was integral in building up our thriving junior section and also our successful recreational senior classes.
Vince first moved to Camberley as an athlete in 2005 and had senior success very quickly winning a bronze medal at the senior British champs aged only 17 and also winning the senior Welsh Open. He has represented Great Britain internationally at cadet and u21 level winning several international medals. Vince made the successful transition to coaching and worked hard on and off the mat achieving his Masters and level 5 coaching award! Vince has worked tirelessly to build up the advanced juniors section at Camberley and has produced several national champions and GBR internationals at cadet level. Moreover he has passed on his passion for judo to so many kids that will stay with them for a lifetime.
In 2020 Vince and his wife Sam opened up their own permanent dojo to support and help grow their own very successful club-Fighting Fitness Judo. Due to his commitments to their club and new dojo Vince feels now is the right time to step away from his role with the advanced juniors at Camberley.
Head coach Luke Preston said “I would like to say a huge thank you to Vince for all of his hard work and effort for so many years. We are all really proud of the coach and person he has become. He has inspired so many junior members of the club and has been an integral member for so many years. I am really happy that Vince will continue to support me with the Elite team. Thank you Vince and good luck for the future!”
Vince Skillcorn-“I want to say a big thank you to the club, the members, the charity trustees, Mark Earle and of course Luke.
I’ve been really fortunate to be a member of this club as an athlete and coach for the past 16 years.
I cannot emphasise enough how much the club and Luke have helped me throughout my judo journey from athlete to coach.
I am thankful to have been part of a club which is able to develop coaches alongside Olympic athletes.
Luke and the charity trustees have fully supported my coaching development which enabled me to gain real world experience as well as pushing me back to the classroom to earn my MSc in Advanced Sports Coaching Practice- something I would never thought was possible after leaving home at 17 years old with a handful of GCSE’s.
At this point I am sad to be stepping down as the advanced junior coach at Camberley Judo Club, but I am not stepping away from the club completely.
I will still assist Luke when needed with the Elite team.
I wish everyone involved in the club the very best, keep training hard and I will be back! – Vince”