Persimmon Homes

Local Judo Club Clinches Funding Success

28 May 2024

Newbiggin based Butokokan Judo Club

Newbiggin based Butokokan Judo Club is celebrating after securing £2,000 worth of funding from our North East region.

Members of the club recently welcomed our North East Technical Director Martin Thrumble to receive their cheque in the presence of Northumberland County Councillor Elizabeth Simpson.

Training at Newbiggin Sports & Community Centre since 2011, the club teaches the art of Judo to a wide range of local people, and regularly has students competing in regional and national tournaments.

Persimmons Community Champions initiative is open to all local charities, schools and community groups looking for funding. £180,000 is available every quarter with winners receiving between £1,000 and £6,000.

Andrew Douglass, Head Coach at Butokokan Judo Club, said: “We'd like to thank everyone at Persimmon Homes who is involved in this generous donation to our club.

“The donation will be used to benefit our approximately 50 members and volunteers by allowing us to renew aging equipment and developing and maintaining our volunteers' qualifications.”

Elizabeth Simpson, Councillor for Newbiggin Central and East, added: “It is great to see local businesses supporting local sports clubs in Newbiggin, and it was an honour to meet the team at the Butokokan Judo Club recently.

“The club work with people of all ages from very small to adult and it was good to see how well attended and popular their sessions are. I hope this funding will help to keep the club running long into the future.”

Martin Thrumble, Technical Director at our North East business, commented: “I enjoyed visiting and speaking to the coaches and pupils at Butokokan Judo Club recently, they are a brilliant local club who provide a lot to their local community.

“Through our Community Champions initiative we aim to have a positive impact on the lives of local people, and I hope this donation does just that. I wish all at the club the very best for the future.”

Finishing Touches

Create a look that's as individual as you are. Add the finishing touches to your Persimmon home.

Supporting your communities

At Persimmon we're proud to support our local communities. Our Community Champions programme was established in 2015 and has already donated more than £3 million to over 3,500 good causes across Great Britain. We also have a programme of community events taking place as part of our partnership with Team GB for the 2024 Paris Olympics, along with other great initiatives. 


Community Champions logo

Our hugely successful Community Champions programme has already donated more than £1 million to good causes in England, Wales and Scotland. Whilst the programme is running, each of our regional offices makes a donation of up to £6,000 every quarter to local organisations.

Persimmon Homes official partner with Team GB

We're proud to be one of Team GB's official partners for Paris 2024. In the lead up to the Olympics we'll be posting lots of exciting content in partnership with Team GB, from athlete appearances to competitions and challenges.

Showcase your style

Why not share your own photos on Instagram using #lovemypersimmonhome for a chance to win a £100 Next voucher. Visit our Facebook page for terms and conditions.