Tuesday, 30 July 2013
No to Inspired Grant Yes to Small Grant Award
About year ago the Swale Martial Arts Club applied to the Sports Councils for Inspired Facilities Grant. We want to build in another floor at the club to encompass better changing area and classrooms. Sorry to say we did not get the grant it seems our application was a worthy one but there was just not enough money tog around. It seems strange that money from the lottery and government is poured into a few top-level sportsmen/women to make them International winners so the politicians can brag about how good the country is, yet grass roots support is being cut. The 2012 Olympics has proved to be a financial success for UK ltd and it has made athletes who were funded by the Taxpayer millionaires. What it has not done is to encourage more people to do sports and encourage businesses to support grass root sports and invest government money into all sports. The sports that are getting the money are the ones that can get the UK Kudos one would have thought by now all governments would realise Sport is much more then winning medals.
You may have noticed we did not carry on with the Club Mark Scheme. This scheme it meant to be a kite Mark for sport sadly to say it is just about bureaucrats making a jobs for themselves, it cost money and the SMAC could not see any further benefit. It was interesting to note we were sent 2 invigilators to watch a class both had no idea of Judo/Sombo and one walked on to the mat and started to talk to the Kids training, apart from the fact she walked on with her shoes, she did not inform the instructor she created a health safety issue. We had a really good revue how well the club was run, how friendly we were, quality of the coaches were excellent, good facilities etc. but we were not yet suitable because we did not have enough paper work on the notice board. Here was an organisation that gave a club a Club Mark to a club who was teaching children as young as 3 to kick and punch. The SMAC Committee decided enough was enough and they would rather not be associated with an organisation that allowed this sort of abuse to children
Interesting enough we received a Sports Council Grant for just under £7862 for mats, Sombo Cover and jackets at the end of 2012. Seems they had confidence in us