This is slightly out of the area I normally talk about but a local Judo club, Akitas, based at Rayleigh Leisure Centre (also with branches at Barling and Southend) is being presented its Bronze ClubMark award on Saturday 23 January. The ClubMark is a joint award between sport England and The British Judo Association.
This is being awarded to the club as recognition of how the club has met certain criteria for how it organises itself and includes younger and older people in its activities. The Sensei (head coach) Adam Hutchins and Chairman Richard Quinney together with Bexs Haylett have worked very hard to get this award for the club and it is being recognised on Saturday when the British Judo Association makes the presentation.
The Club are also welcoming to the event Cllr David Sperring (Chairman of Rayleigh Town Council) and Cllrs Chris Black and Ron Oatham (District Councillors for the Ward).
This is only the beginning for the club however as they have already made a start in working towards the silver ClubMark.
The reason for me mentioning this? Well my son does attend the club but in addition if you go to see the sessions you will see young people from 5 upwards taking part in an activity which keeps them fit, teaches them control and discipline and gives them confidence. In addition they also learn a very hard sport.
This turned out to be a very good event with MP Mark Francois, Chair of Rayleigh Town Council Cllr Dave Sperring and two District Councillors, Chris Black and Ron Oatham accepting invitation to the event. In addition the BJA Regional Development Officer and also the BJA Vice Chairman came to present the awards.
With all sessions of the mat from Kano (U8), Junior and seniors all making an appearance it was quite a crowd for the photograph. The club have worked very hard for this award and plan to use it to expand and hopefully progress towards holding County then regional competitions and maybe eventually National ones as well.