Bradford Club Wins Gold At National Awards

Bradford club Onna Ju-Jitsu were awarded Gold for winning overall Satellite Club of the Year by Sport England at a ceremony in Westminster on 21 October.

The successful club won county and regional rounds before making their way down to London for the National Awards held in the House of Commons. Onna Ju-Jitsu was presented their award by Zoe Smith, Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist and Minister of Sport, Helen Grant was also in attendance to congratulate the winners.

Pictured left to right: Mumtaz Khan, Helen Grant (Minister of sport) and Asma Mayat

Pictured left to right: Mumtaz Khan, Helen Grant (Minister of sport) and Asma Mayat

West Yorkshire Sport Representative, Louise Forrest, commented: “Both clubs deserve to be recognised for their hard work and I’m delighted to have witnessed them picking up their awards in The House of Commons.”

Satellite Clubs are extensions of community sports clubs and can offer a different sporting experience for young people, and by 2017, every secondary school in England will have been offered a satellite community sports club on its site. More than 3,000 satellite clubs have been established with over 130,000 young people benefiting since the launch in 2012.

Onna Ju-Jitsu Club started the Self-Defence Satellite Club at Belle Vue Girls’ School last September and since then has taken 30 girls from a deprived area in Bradford through their white belt. Many of the girls were originally disinterested in sport and through attending Onna Ju-Jitsu’s Satellite Club they’ve found themselves enjoying Ju-Jitsu, overcoming cultural barriers to attend, and wanting to learn more.

Onna Ju-Jitsu Club, founder Mumtaz Khan, who won last year’s Bradford’s Inspirational woman in sports award said, “I used to be one of the kids who would leave their PE kit at home in the hope of avoiding PE sessions.  I had low self esteem, confidence and anger management issues.  I came across Ju-Jitsu when I was aged 20 and it turned my life completely around.  For the first time in my life I enjoyed a physical activity and found something I was good at.  Given the various issues our society faces today such as the sexual grooming/exploitation of children and also a 29% increase in reported rapes – I feel that self defence skills should be taught to all school children and women to help keep them safe and healthy”.

Onna Ju-Jitsu will be holding their grading’ on 13 December which will be attended by both Sensei Martin Dixon, Chair of the British Ju-Jitsu Association and Mike Diaper, Senior Executive of Sport England. Mike Diaper said he was very interested in visiting the club to experience firsthand the club’s success and to meet the club’s coaches, students and parents.

I’m hoping that as a club we can lead the development of martial arts within schools with the aim of incorporating it into the PE National Curriculum.  I feel with rising levels of obesity amongst children/young people that the current sports provision in schools needs addressing.  Numerous questionnaires from students in schools indicate a preference towards learning martial arts and as a club we are now in a position to meet that demand following the recent development of coaches.

The club is also currently in talks with YouthTrain developing a Diploma for students titled Work Preparation for Leisure and Tourism.  The club is keen to develop students not only in martial arts but with a variety of life skills and is striving towards gaining accredited qualifications.

Following a rise in demand for people wishing to join the club a brand new class will be starting on Thursdays 5.30 – 7pm at Girlington Community Centre.  Anyone interested in joining should ring Mumtaz on 07877 466818.

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