Sokcho Taekwondo are awarded Clubmark!

More British Tekwondo clubs are kicking off the process of achieving Clubmark Award.

Clubmark evidences best practice; it’s the quality assurance status awarded to sport clubs that have worked to demonstrate high levels of coaching, child protection, governance and administration. Much more than a tick in a box, the recognition elevates the profile of clubs, encourages high standards and increases the chance of successful funding bids.

Recently Sokcho Taekwonodo, Glasgow became the 6th British Taekwondo club to achieve this stamp of excellence. The club is one of Scotland’s newest, having been established in January 2015 and achieving Clubmark accreditation through Glasgow City Council this month. Sokcho Taekwondo wish to thank Vicki Holmes, Sports Development Officer, for the ongoing support she has given the club since their earliest beginnings.

“Vicki was very helpful, and it was her suggestion that we go for the Clubmark Award. She was also able to assist us in applying for some funding to help to buy equipment and advertising material to promote the club.” Said Sokcho Instructor Paul.

“In addition, Vicki arranged for the letting fees to be waived for the first 3 months to help get the club up and running, as well as paying for the costs of first aid courses and child protection courses, which are criteria for Clubmark Award.

“Vicki also suggested that, as we were new to coaching, we may consider participating in Glasgow Life’s Volunteer Improvement Programme (VIP). This consisted of participating in various workshops (roughly once a month) working with new and experienced coaches, dieticians and sports psychologists.”

Sokcho opened their 2nd club on the 11th of November 2015 at the newly established People’s Development Trust Dalmarnock Lecacy Hub. At this time we have 24 children from many different ethnic groups and 4 adults participating on a regular basis between the 2 clubs.

The club was presented with the Clubmark award on 22/06/16 by Kirsty Clarke, Sports Development and Physical Activity Manager from Glasgow Life. Both Kirsty and Vicki came along to the class and took some promotional photos which will be added to Glasgow Life’s website.

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“The Clubmark process has given us more confidence and has ensured that the parents are aware that their children are training in a happy, safe environment.” Said Paul.

“It will also allow us to hopefully access further funding to support us in building the club and improving the level of training equipment.

“I felt that due to the Policies and Procedures already in place within British Taekwondo, attaining the Clubmark award was easier than if there had been no National Governing Body, as the majority of the procedures were already in place.

“We would advise all club’s to participate in the Clubmark Award scheme as it helps to validate all the good work which many clubs from all over the country do week in week out.”

We would like to pass congratulations to Sokcho Taekwondo’s Glasgow East & The Hub Clubs, as well as the clubs’ coaches Charlotte McCarthy, Paul McCarthy and Dianne Ward.   

Chairperson of Taekwondo Scotland, Martin Hold, said “well done to everyone involved and thanks to Charlotte, Paul and Dianne for providing the local people with the opportunities to improve their lives through Taekwondo!”