The Derek Baldock Memorial Sports Fund


Message from Janine Robus, Mother of Braydon – 12th June 2024

Just an update, from Sarajevo. Braydon (who lives in Rye and goes to Rye College Aquinas Trust ) with his kata partner Izzie, have made history yesterday. They are the first GBR kata pairing to ever medal at the European Judo Union Kata Championships, let alone achieving a GOLD medal. They also do adaptive kata, and again this was a first at this level of competition.
Thank you to everyone that supported these 2 athletes over the last 5 weeks since we were told that they had been selected to represent GBR. Thank you to people who sponsored via the gofundme page, Licence 2 Kale , Derek Baldock sport fund (Rye old scholars association), Rye College.

First grant from the Derek Baldock Memorial Sports Fund awarded

The ROSA Committee are pleased to announce the first recipient of a grant from the Derek Baldock Memorial Sports Fund. Braydon Robus, age 16 and a pupil of the Rye College, has been awarded £300 to assist in his costs incurred in representing Great Britain at the European Adaptive Kata (Judo) Championships which take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia on 10th – 11th June 2024.
We are sure that Derek’s family will agree that Braydon is such a worthy recipient of this the first grant.
There are full details regarding the sport and highlighting why this is such a worthy grant which can be seen through the following link:
A previous article regarding Braydon’s achievements featured in the Rye News on 28th March this year and can be seen again here:…/championing-adaptive-kata
The Derek Baldock Memorial Sports Fund was set up in 2023 by the family of Derek after the passing of one of our Old Scholars who was a very popular local businessman and a former well known local footballer and cricketer. The aim of the fund is to support those individuals with a keen interest and flair for a sport who wish to develop their ambitions and potential career prospects within sport. Grants of up to £300 can be used for the purchase of equipment, or to attend training/coaching courses or general costs relevant to their sport. If you believe that you may be eligible for a grant you can contact the ROSA Secretary Mrs. Judith Blincow at The Mermaid Inn, Rye TN31 7EY or email her at