It’s hard to believe that the clocks are about to spring forward and from Sunday we’ll officially be in British Summer Time. But it’s true and the lighter nights are a good enough reason to come out of hibernation, stretch the legs and start getting fit for those long summer days on the beach!
And Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s 2014 Communities fund is an excellent way to introduce everyone to a wide range of activities and healthy lifestyles. BIG’s 2014 Communities programme aims to build a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games by funding projects that encourage people to explore their potential either by taking part or volunteering in sports and physical activity.
One team enthusiastically embracing this philosophy is JKS Scotland (Japan Karate Shotorenmei), a Dunfermline sports group with a membership of over 1,000. After consulting with local people they identified a lack of activities for young people with severe learning disabilities in the area.
Now, thanks to a 2014 Communities award of £2,000 they’ll run a series of specially designed sessions and buy the suits and equipment needed to go with them.
All the students in this class photograph are in the process of working towards the ASDAN Bronze Youth Achievement Award which is a nationally accredited qualification. Through regular committed training on a weekly basis they will attempt a kyu grading examination in June following which all successful students will advance to a different level of belt colour.
Paul Giannandrea, who runs JKS in Dunfermline, said: “After this event the guys will train to participate at the JKS Scotland national karate championships being held in October at Grangemouth Sports Centre.
“This programme is a remarkable success story with an incredible level of commitment and training from all involved. We look forward to continuing to develop the guys and are grateful to Big Lottery Fund Scotland and 2014 Communities fund for their kindness and support toward our project.”