The Queen’s Award has been won by local Judo team Westerleigh Judokwai .
It’s the best award a voluntary group can receive in britain.
The club, which has members from Rother and Hastings, received the award in St Leonards on October 31 in the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex at the Royal Victoria Hotel.
Westerleigh Judokwai is a voluntary group from Conflict which works in the city to raise awareness of judo that is inclusive. Westerleigh is a family driven club that has about 100 sportsmen, of which possess a handicap who train four times per week, 50 weeks annually, 35%.
“The award pays homage to each of the blood, sweat and tears which have gone to the team within the previous 20 years.
“We feel really honoured to receive this kind of award, it recognises all of the time that is granted voluntarily from the committee, relatives and buddies.
The award recognises the integrated work of the club and it is volunteers in providing training and support to an extensive array of athletes of capabilities in Judo. The Award of the Queen is an extremely special award for the greatest honour as well as community service a voluntary organisation can receive. It’s comparable to some group MBE.”