The Cairns Southside Judo Club has received over $11,000 in a grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said today.

Mr Pitt said the club is thrilled with the grant that will provide competition grade floor matting.

“Currently the Club features classes for juniors and seniors, with children starting as young as five,” Mr Pitt said.

“The grant will help the club encourage more girls to become involved in the sport.

“I am looking forward to visiting the club to inspect their new facilities and meet the Jodokas once the flooring is installed.”

[singlepic id=606 w=320 h=240 float=left] Mr Pitt said the club is perfect for children and promotes the values of politeness, courage, sincerity, honesty, modesty, respect, self-control and friendship through the practice of Judo.

“The Olympic Sport of Judo involves throwing and grappling techniques – there are no punching or kicking actions,” Mr Pitt said.

“Judo teaches participants how to fall safely – a useful skill for many sports. It teaches balance, agility and confidence which are valuable skills for a range of other sports including Rugby League,  Rugby Union,  Soccer, AFL & Gymnastics.

“Having such a facility in Edmonton is fantastic for our area.”

In the same round of funding, Pyramid Residential Care Centre at Gordonvale received over $6,300 in order to provide special music broadcasts to its 52 residents.

“I am glad that schemes such as the Gambling Community Benefit Fund help groups like the Southside Judo Club to improve their facilities and help the aged in our community at facilities like Pyramid residential care,” Mr Pitt said. The Cairns Southside Judo Club will soon be holding a free ‘come and try day’ – for more information phone Luke Ronlund on 0405 239 655 To apply to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund visit and click on grants.