12 March 2024


Podgorica EJU Junior Training Camp 2024


The Montenegro Judo Federation has gone for the full package and after delivering a successful competition, up to mid-week, an international training camp is taking place. The turnout both in quality and quantity is optimistic and whilst pioneering yet another practice, we have asked the coaches for their experience over in Podgorica. 

Jasper HUITSING, National Coach of Luxembourg

It’s been a great experience being part of this first European Junior Cup in Podgorica. The local organizers were warm and friendly, making sure everyone has a pleasant stay. I am looking forward being present again at future cups and championships here in Podgorica. 

Mustafe VESELI, Coach – Team Kosovo

This training camp is a very good opportunity for our young athletes to share experience and do randori with others without any pressure. There is a good facilities and good sparing partners. I would like to thank Montenegro Federation for great organization of tournament and training camp. Looking forward to coming again!

Stephen ABBERLEY, Dragon’s Academy (Wales, United Kingdom)

We attended the Podgorica Junior European Cup this weekend which was an excellently run competition. We will be coming back next year. Also, we stayed for the training camp, great numbers for randori. Thank you see you next year. 

Bar RAUFMAN, Coach – Team Israel

The training camp in Podgorica is a great way to start the year and prepare for the junior tour. A lot of randori and good atmosphere. Great choice to stay for camp after toe competition!

Johan JOHANSSON, Aktiv Judo Club – Sweden

Podgorica U21 camp offered good training for our judoka to develop to higher goals towards the next European competitions. Good organisation and great advantage with a hotel and training facility within walking distance.

Ilija VUKOTIC, Head Coach of the Montenegrin Judo Federation 

As coach of host nation, I am very satisfied with number of participants on the camp. They all gave us a chance to put our athletes in front of some new tasks. For most of them it is a great chance to grow. Also, I am sure that every next edition of Podgorica events will be better because of the experience of our friends from Europe, who only had great words about our effort. Thank you for your attendance and we are happy to see you again in Podgorica.

This officially concludes our first trip (in a while) to this part of the Balkans and within six months, we look forward to our return for the Podgorica Senior European Cup 2024.

Images: Mario Matkovic

Author: Szandra Szogedi