Case Studies

Randori Social Enterprises

Randori Social Enterprises provides a positive impact on the local and wider community’s physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing, through Judo.

Mark Taylor, Randori Social Enterprises’ founder, was inspired by his own history of the sport and as Judo had had such a positive influence on his life he wanted to share this with others.

I have been a Judo player since the age of 8 and have been involved in competitive fighting at International level, and Coaching. Judo has been a major influence during various stages of my life and after a 20 year career in Residential Child Care I made a return to competing started coaching again. Judo in my local community had once thrived and I was surprised to see that most of the local Judo Clubs had all but ceased to exist. I wanted to utilise my skills to benefit my local community through Judo, Randori Social Enterprises and Randori Judo sparked into life in 2018. Randori Judo aims to provide community driven, fully inclusive physical activity projects based around Judo and its many benefits which include physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing as well as its core principles and values.

Mark Taylor – Randori Social Enterprises

We now have 5 Community Clubs in Midlothian and have recently launched a training aspect to our enterprise and we are now able to deliver various courses such as self-defence, personal protection, First Aid and Mini Medics to name a few

Mark Taylor – Randori Social Enterprises

Do you have any top tips for someone thinking of starting their own social enterprise?

Believe in it, trust your vision and Stick to the values and principles of your social enterprise idea. Always be open to change and not afraid to seek advice and accept support, social media is a fantastic tool and importantly trust your gut not everything and everybody is as good as they may seem. Make the move and contact Firstport!

What are your hopes for the future?

Increasing our community Clubs, providing more free memberships and free local events. As well as this we will be developing our training and education resources and opening up our Community Hub Dojo in the future which will provide us with a purposeful resource for continued development and diversity across our communities.

Seeing our members grow develop and become part of the Randori Team!