Every year, Judoka are invited to train at the Lethbridge Kyodokan Club Club (LKJC) in Judo Canada's Regional Training Center (RTC) High Performance program. The RTC can be a judoka's initial introduction into elite level judo, creating a pathway for athletes who aspire to represent Canada on the international stage.
LKJC/RTC brings athletes together from many locations creating challenging and rewarding training environments. During training, athletes are exposed to the methods and systems utilized by the Canadian Men’s and Women’s National Team, strength and conditioning, sports science, and psychology. In addition, athletes are not only given the opportunity to train and develop with other elite athletes, but also with some of the best coaches AB and Judo Canada has to offer. Training takes place throughout the year and this is where the billeting family becomes an important piece in the development of these athletes.
What is Billeting?
Billeting is when a family welcomes a visiting athlete(s) into their home during the duration of training. This Host Family offers a safe place for athletes to call “home.” A thoughtful, caring family is important for each athlete coming into a home. Athletes can be overwhelmed being so far away from home, especially if it is for the first time.
Billeting offers a rewarding and exciting opportunity to families willing to open their homes to visiting athletes. Key benefits to your family and the RTC Program when you volunteer to billet are:
- Build lifelong relationships with athletes and their families;
- Assist young athletes by providing a safe and comfortable environment as they train for elite judo;
- Assist the aspiring judoka by making participation in the RTC more accessible; and
- Show support for Judo Canada, allowing the RTC High Performance Program to be successful.