We’ve just received this email:
I’m just writing to inform you that we have looked through all of the evidence provided and we are happy to recommend you for your bronze accreditation to Active Surrey. I will email Active Surrey informing them of the news and they will then post your certificate to you!
What is Active Surrey Club Accreditation?
The Active Surrey Sports Partnership (ASSP) is one of a network of 49 County Sports Partnerships (CSP) in England. It has taken all the criteria required for Clubmark and divided them into three easy to achieve levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Clubmark is a nationally recognised symbol for quality clubs. By working through Clubmark, club leaders are provided with a clear and structured approach to improving and developing clubs, ensuring that they are providing a truly quality sporting environment for all.
The gymnasium owners are carrying out refurbishment of the gym over then next two months. Part of this work includes:
- Closing the bar and opening a café. Mike the barman will be moving back to Wales next week
- Installing new showers, carpets and benches in the changing rooms
- Redecorating and re-carpeting the reception area
They said changes to the gym and the first floor will follow shortly afterwards.
The Heads from the various clubs that form part of the Shinwakai association met up for one of its regular meetings on Saturday. I was told the following:
1. There have been some changes to the insurance cover provided via the British Aikido Board. Insurance cover was now provided for students practicing up to 80 years of age, but permanent disability cover was only available up to 65 years. There was no age restriction for Instructors PI. It is now possible to claim for up to 6 physio sessions (limit £30 per session) under BAB policy. See the BAB and Perkins Slade (the underwriters) Web sites for details http://www.bab.org.uk/newspad/sb_newsletter.asp?article=50
2. The BAB is setting up a register of Dan grades. Shinwakai will be charging a small fee (of £10) for administering this registration.
3. See BAB Web site for latest insurance cover on attendees at Courses for (a) Non BAB students (b) non BAB Instructors and (c) Overseas Instructors.
4. Sensei John Jenkin will be teaching at the BAB National course in the autumn.
5. Sensei Merill Poole will be teaching a 1st aid course on 31st October in Holtspur, Beaconsfield.
6. Sensei Joe MacEnroe will be running a coaching course in the upcoming months.
7. Sensei Keith Holland referred to the opportunity for Coaches to study the units required for their next level by undertaking units run by Sports Coach UK. In fact with the exception of the practical coaching session, all the units could be done this way. Benefits included (a) easier to find a local course (b) much cheaper option (c) receive both a ScUK and BAB award.
8. Child protection/CRB checks (and renewals) will now be managed by the BAB.
Despite the variable weather, the Ashford on the Map event was a success. In addition to having a pitch, we were able to provide a short demonstration on defending against knife and sword attacks.