BASINGSTOKE’S Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy celebrated a double national success with the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Dan Putty.

The Academy is now a unique sports club in the country as they are the first to be awarded two Clubmark quality accreditations.

The first is through the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (tai chi and kung fu) and the second through The British Judo Association.

At the special presentation, the mayor was accompanied by Susan Parker and Amy Sambell from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Heather Windust from Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Chris Doherty, the British Judo Association’s regional technical officer.

Clubmark is Sport England’s prestigious quality kitemark and shows that a club provides consistently high-quality sports provision to both adults and children.

Clubs are tested and have verifiable standards across a number of different areas, but all fall under the four major headings of the playing programme, duty of care and welfare, knowing your club and its community and club management.

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