Sport England recognises and values the commitment made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants. It looks for the development of clubs that encourage young people to take-up sport, improve their talents, possibly play a leadership role and give them the option to initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport is an essential part of supporting the sporting infrastructure in England.
As part of this commitment, Sport England introduced Clubmark in 2002 and this is awarded in recognition of a quality sports club with junior members. It is a standard that is applied across all Sports. Clubs with accreditation are allowed to use the Clubmark symbol. This is like a kite mark and gives parents the knowledge and confidence that their children are attending a safe, quality club and ensuring that young people reach their full playing potential.
The club has been working over the last few months on an application to achieve Clubmark accreditation. We had to demonstrate that we achieved pre-determined minimum operating standards in the areas of the playing programme, duty of care and protecting children and young people; knowing your club and its community; and club management. As part of the application we have reviewed all the policies and proceedures of the club, as well as introducing some new ones. All these documents are available for access through the club website.
We were delighted to hear on 10th December that the application by the club had been successful and that we now have Clubmark accreditation. This achievement will expand opportunities for the club to extend training in the schools, improve access to some grants and funding and will show potential new students and their parents that the club has a rigorously reviewed set of policies for running the club and its classes.nbsp;
There are over 10,000 clubs in England that are accredited. OBTKD is the first WTF Taekwondo Club in the country to achieve this standard and is the first Taekwondo Club of any style to achieve this in Hampshire - a fantastic achievement for the club.
Following on from its success with classes for children across Overton and Basingstoke, the club will open a new class on Sunday 30th January, at Vickers Business Centre. The class will be specifically designed to provide a high quality and fun introduction to Taekwondo for children aged 4 – 6. It will focus on the specific development needs of children of this age incorporating Multi Skills activities to enhance agility, balance and co-ordination as well as a start to all aspects of Taekwondo.
As well as being fun and exciting, this class will help students develop greater fitness, flexibility and improve concentration and discipline. It is intended to provide a pathway into the general Taekwondo children’s classes as the children become ready for more formal structured training.
The class will run from 4.00 pm to 4.45 pm on Sunday’s.
Congatulations to our successful candidates at the Dan Grading held in Southampton on the 5th December. All our candidates were successful which is a tribute to the determination and commitment shown by each them. Well Done!
Results achieved were
Promoted to 1st Dan Black Belt
Promoted to 5th Dan Black Belt
Master Kevin Hanks
The club took a small group of five players to the Dorset Open on Sunday 24th October. Three of the team had not played outside of club tournaments before, so this was a step up in level for them.
First up was Alex Stock. This was Alex's first tournament at a regional class tournament and he opened the day with a decisive victory in his quarter final. Alex continued to show great effort and attacking play in his semi final but was beaten by the eventual gold medalist.
Next up was Neo. Fighting a close semi final, she nicked the matched in the last few seconds, 4-3. Neo then came out strongly in the final and was never really in trouble and secured a Gold medal with a 5-0 win. Great performance as this was only Neo's second tournament since moving up from peewee to cadet.
Amy Stock was the last of our cadets fighting up a class in the Advanced Division. She played a strong and spirited final going down to an agile and more experienced player. However Amy continues to show improvement at each tournaments and has lots of potential for the future.
After lunch it was the turn of the over 14s. Both Holly Flanders and Jamie Cassells played at regional level for the first time. Holly show good movement and there were several lively exchanges, however she went down in the semi final. Jamie started by taking a quick lead in his semi final but was eventually pulled back by a strong player with excellent high section kicks. However great first showing from both of them.
All the players showed great attitude with outstanding spirit. Great base for the future.
Neo on her way to Gold!
Congratulations to the successful candidates at the kup grading on the 12th September. Special recognition to Andrew Hawthrone who was double promoted to yellow belt and to the students who achieved credit passes; Jamie Cassell, Tony RIce and Kamil Nowak. The date for the next kup grading will be Sunday 28th November.
The promotions acheived were;
|Yellow Tag/9th Kup||Green Tag/7th Kup||Blue Belt/4th Kup|
|Jamie Cassell - Credit||Tony Rice - Credit||Dean Morgan|
|Aaron Armstrong||Stuart Walker||Steve McCulough|
|Louis McLaren||Green Belt/6th Kup||Red Belt/2nd Kup|
|Najank Dalesh||Kamil Nowak - Credit||Harvey Allen|
|Yellow Belt/8th Kup||Milan Mistry|
|Andrew Hawthorne - Double|
|Hannah Martin||Blue Tag/5th Kup|
|Josephine Martin||Jolene Bryant|
|Rebecca Martin||Matthew Jarmain|