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Medway judo clubs to be given Clubmark status

Date: 06/03/2008           Category: Leisure

The British Judo Association will award two Medway groups with the Clubmark accreditation next week. On Monday, 10 March, the Akzo Judo Club in Gillingham and Medkwai Judo Club, based at St Mary’s Island, Chatham, will receive the award for raising standards and sporting achievement in the sport. Clubmark was developed by Sport England, and is a set of national standards for National Governing Bodies of Sport to adopt and their affiliated clubs to meet. The accreditation recognises the achievements of sports clubs in England that provide high quality and welcoming environments for young people. The former Soviet Union and Russian judo coach Andrew Moshanov will be running an hour’s session before the 8pm presentation at Saxon Way Primary School in Ingram Road, Gillingham. Mr Moshanov has an extensive background in performance judo as a national player and coach and through his work as Sports Director for the Russian Judo Federation. Medway Council’s Sports Development Officer Sarah Risby said: ”Both clubs have spent the past 18 months working tirelessly towards this accreditation and deserve to be recognised for all their efforts and hard work.” Karen French, Club Development Officer (South, London and South West) for the British Judo Association said: “Akzo and Medkwai Judo clubs should be proud of their achievements in gaining Clubmark and demonstrating the high standards required for the award. “Both clubs have good standards and have used and built on this to underpin the values that Clubmark recognises and raise the bar even higher for the BJA. As well as them both moving venues and adapting to the ever changing world of judo, they have managed to use the structure that Clubmark gives to create friendly and professional clubs for their members, volunteers and coaches.” For more information on Akzo Judo Club please contact Terry Judge on 07702323280 or to contact Medkwai Judo Club telephone Steve Hunter on 01474 812870. Medway Sports Development Team provides information, training and support to local clubs and coaches. For more information, contact Sarah Risby on 01634 338766 or email sarah.risby@medway.gov.uk