Karate club launches new youth project for local kids

Members of the Arbroath Shotokan Karate Club are delighted to announce their youth project has finally kicked off.

On Tuesday, January 19 the first karate training session solely for children and young people took place at the Saltire Sports centre, Arbroath.

And what makes this session unique is that it’s free, meaning kid going along to try karate and get involved can do so at no cost - practice suit included.

In July 2015, the club announced it had successfully become a registered Scottish Charity and was activity seeking funding.

Since then, supported by the Angus Focus On Alcohol Partnership, the club has received enough money to start their project on Tuesday nights.

Chairman of the Club Jim Stewart said: “We hope this is the start of something big and we can fill the training hall with kids wanting to try something different.

“Karate is a fantastic sport for young people especially to get involved in. It’s not only physical and good all-round fitness training, it also teaches discipline, good manners and restraint - basic good life skills.”

Club secretary Gordon Milne said: “We know that in these times of austerity, a lot of families just simply don’t have the cash for kids to get involved in sports and clubs.

“Thats why we’ve obtained Charitable Status and are now asking local funding bodies and trusts to help us. So far, the response has been very, very good.”

The club, which has been training in Arbroath since 1975, meets and trains twice a week at the Saltire Sports Centre.

Members currently range in age from 8 to 55 and are of all abilities.

The club currently trains on a Tuesday night and Saturday morning.

Anyone interested in either trying karate or supporting the club can contact Jim on 01241 830376 or by email at Arbroath.shotokan@btinternet.com.