Shi Kon Martial Arts, Chatham, has become the first Kent based club to achieve Clubmark accreditation from Kent Sport under the new criteria. Relaunched earlier this year, Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs and stands for higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management. An accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know they’re choosing the right club for their young people.
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The Clubmark accreditation is key when developing new relations, especially in schools. Steve Rowe, 8th Dan and Chairman of Shi Kon International, said:
Schools do ask for it and we always mention it to prospective students. It helps us as a club, makes sure everything is covered and acts as a reminder to us of what we need to achieve.
Shi Kon has worked with outreach programmes since its inception as a martial arts club in 1976. In 1988 they purchased their own headquarters and full time training centre in Chatham, becoming a City & Guilds accredited coaching centre for NVQ’s. The club and association has produced many champions in several arts and won many awards over the years, with branches and seminars in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Portugal and Ireland.
The club currently has a student base of around 300, half at the full time centre and the other half in outreach programmes. It has a very diverse membership and a gender split of 50/50, with many female black belts and high grade teachers. Across the membership and teaching staff they have a wide variety of special needs.
The current outreach programme includes working in 25 Medway primary schools. Tai chi and qigong is run in local dementia homes, Age Concern groups and the University of the Third Age. A kung fu programme is run for children with a variety of special needs and they are delivering in a local centre for children with autism. A recently appointed Outreach Programme Coordinator, with public health experience, will look to expand on this through work with patients of coronary heart disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, obesity, joint conditions and wheelchair bound/paraplegics.
Find out more
For more details on Clubmark take a look at Sport England’s webpage, or why not see the many ways that Kent Sport can help you by visiting our club support page using the link below. You can also read about our visit to Shi Kon Martial Arts earlier this year as part of our #MySportyStory children and young people campaign. To find out more about Shi Kon visit their website here.