Families from across Glasgow are being given the chance to attend the European Judo Open, which is due to take place in the Scottish city this weekend, as part of a legacy initiative aimed at bringing the sport to new audiences.
Young Glasgow are set to allocate tickets to young sports fans through a legacy competition, with the initiative being delivered in a partnership between British Judo and Glasgow Life, a community interest company.
It will be the third consecutive year that the European Judo Open has been held in the Emirates Arena and British Judo hope that the high quality action, which will take place on October 10, will inspire new fans to take up the sport.
"We're delighted to be hosting the 2015 European Judo Open again here in Glasgow and through this legacy initiative with Glasgow Life, we're pleased that our sport will be showcased to local groups who might not have otherwise had the opportunity,” said Andrew Scoular, British Judo chief executive.
"Saturday's competition is an important one for our athletes who will be looking to get Olympic qualification points.
“A big crowd is expected and we're all looking forward to an exciting day of judo."
Glasgow, the 2014 Commonwealth Games host city, had also been due to host this year’s European Judo Championships at the Emirates Arena but were stripped of the event by the International Judo Federation (IJF) following a dispute over the signing of the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a sponsor.
Subsequently the Championships were held as part of the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku, while the British Judo Association (BJA) chairman Kerrith Brown stepped down from his role in July to become President of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF).
However, elite level judo was confirmed to be returning to the city in August when Glasgow were revealed as the hosts of the European Judo Open, which is set to see 150 male judoka from 39 nations compete for seven gold medals and qualification points for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The event forms part of Glasgow’s Year of Sport and Councillor Archie Graham, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, believes bringing top level sport to the city is crucial in attracting young people to sport.
"Events such as the European Judo Open are helping inspire the next generation of sports stars - a key priority for the city,” he said.
"With Olympic qualification points in the mix, Saturday is shaping up to be a day of top-class action, as judo continues to go from strength to strength.
“This initiative will introduce the sport to a new audience."
A limited number of tickets priced at £5 ($7.70/€6.80) for adults and £2.50 ($3.80/€3.40) for concessions are still will be available from the Box Office at the Emirates Arena on Saturday.
September 2015: Girls only judo programme launched to boost female participation
July 2015: Brown steps down as British Judo Association chairman to become President of UFC partner IMMAF
April 2015:British Judo Association chairman becomes director of UFC partner IMMAF despite European Championships fiasco
February 2015: European Judo Championships taken away from Glasgow to be held as part of Baku 2015
February 2015: Glasgow stripped of 2015 European Judo Championships after sponsorship row