The following information is taken from the website of the British Judo Association

Referees play a key role in judo: enabling competition between athletes by conducting contests in a fair and safe way. Refereeing is challenging, rewarding and satisfying volunteer role within British Judo. As well as being enjoyable and social in itself, refereeing helps equip people with life skills such as confidence and decisiveness, these attributes help referees in many other aspects of life.

What does Refereeing involve?

The referee structure is made up of 8 levels, starting at club level, progressing through to international level. As a referee builds their skills and experience, they have the opportunity to advance through these levels and attend larger, tougher and more prestigious events.

The Southern Area has a long history of having a high number of referees attaining awards at National, Continental and International levels.

Referees need to be of certain grades for each level of referee award; you can start refereeing from the age of 12 years and a minimum grade of green belt.

We hold free courses around the Area for people who want to become Technical Officials. There are theory and practical sections to become qualified in each role with the practical parts of the Timekeeper and Contest Recorder roles being taken at County level events.

For information about how to become a referee, or if you would like a Trainer to give a talk on Contest Rules for players, coaches, or parents please contact the Training Co-ordinator - Andy Tremlett on

Refereeing Committee

Chair - Alan Lingham

Training Co-ordinator Andy Tremlett

Referee Co-ordinator- Graham Holmes

County Refereeing Representatives

Kent: Graham Holmes

Hampshire - Dave Tooby email TBC

Surrey - Sid Hearsey

Sussex -Peter Seymour