Ronin Karate Club recently achieved the first level of Glasgow Life’s Sports Accreditation Scheme, Clubmark. The club led by Charles Hunter, who has been at the helm for a staggering 38 years, were delighted to receive the prestigious award.
Ronan Karate Club are a club based in the South side of Glasgow, they have provided activity for young people and adults for the best part of four decades. The club have over 80 registered members attending one of three sessions running per week, these are at the Geoff Shaw Centre, Govanhill Community Centre and Fernhill in South Lanarkshire.
The Club were presented with their accreditation award at their annual Gala Day Event, where members showcased their Karate skills in front of a full house at the Geoff Shaw Community Centre. Kirsty Clarke Sport Development Manager (Clubs, Coaching and Volunteering) from Glasgow Life presented the award to the club on the day. Kirsty said “This is a great achievement for the club, they have been running successfully for well over 30 years and it’s great to see the club getting recognition for the great work that they are doing in the community”
The club are constantly trying to develop their coaches and members. In the New Year some club members will be travelling to Japan to learn more about coaching, officiating and competing in Karate, which will help to strengthen the club and increase the knowledge base of members. This really is an exciting time for the club!
Clubmark is a development tool that allows clubs to be more structured, accessible and organised. It aims to recognise, reward and accredit sports clubs in Glasgow that are fully committed to providing a safe, effective, inclusive and fun environment for all, but especially children and young people. It is rightly regarded as a stamp of quality for any club to demonstrate they have achieved the highest standards.
In order to achieve Clubmark status, sports clubs have to meet rigorous standards in five key areas namely; 1) Sports Equality and Ethics, 2) Protection of Vulnerable Groups and Duty of Care 3) Club Management, 4) Club Development and Junior Pathways and 4) Coaching, Coaches and Officials.
Clubs interested in applying for Clubmark should contact Glasgow Life’s Club, Coaching and Volunteer Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 287 5811.