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Llantwit Major Karate Club achieves disability inclusion award

 

Published 18 September 2014

 

Llantwit Major Karate Club have become the first Sport Club in the Vale of Glamorgan, as well as the first Karate Club in Wales, to achieve the Silver Insport Accreditation Level.

 

Llantwit are now only one step away from achieving Gold, which is the top award for inclusion in Wales.

 

Llantwit Major Karate ClubClub sensei Simon Dodd commented: “As an organisation run by volunteers, it is great that we can still offer one of the highest levels of inclusion in Wales. Karate can have a huge impact on people’s lives and I am proud we can serve the community in this way.”

 

The Welsh Karate League has a disability category where people with a range of impairments can enter and take part in a competitive environment alongside the non-disabled participants.

 

The next league meeting is in Penarth Leisure Centre on Sunday 28 September starting at 10am. Entry is free everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Simon Jones, Disability Sport Wales Development Officer for the Vale of Glamorgan Council, added: “I think it’s brilliant that so many clubs in the Vale of Glamorgan are aiming to be inclusive and provide activities for disabled people. The aim is to have a wide range of sport and physical activity clubs in the Vale that will go through the Insport process. This will give disabled people more choice in what activities they wish to take part in and hopefully get them hooked on sport.”

 

Insport is a Disability Sport Wales programme, designed to support Governing Bodies, Local Authorities and Clubs to provide inclusive, quality sessions for disabled people within their communities, and at a level of their choice and abilities.

 

Numerous clubs throughout the Vale of Glamorgan have already completed the accreditation scheme up to Ribbon and Bronze level including Vale Reds Football Club, Barry Beavers Swimming Club, Boccia Rollers, and St Andrew’s Major Special Olympics Golf Club. More clubs are being encouraged to sign up so more disabled people can take part in sport.

 

If you are interested in your physical activity or sport club becoming inclusive please contact Simon Jones, Disability Sport Wales Development Officer for the Vale of Glamorgan Council on 01446 704728 or sljones@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk.