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“Governing Karate in England”
The English Karate Council (EKC) believes it is making
excellent progress in its bid to become the recognised National Governing Body
for Karate in England.
The EKC has worked with Oaks Consultancy to undertake
a comprehensive governance and development planning project. Through this
process the EKC was able to examine and improve all aspects of its operations,
ensuring that it is well placed to become an effective and sustainable
This work was funded by a Sport England grant and, on 24th
June, the EKC met with Sport England as required to present their achievements
to date. In summary these are as follows:
* To reflect
best practice, the EKC reviewed and strengthened its current constitution ensuring
it can effectively support all aspects of the sport and provide the correct
levels of governance.
* To create an
effective governance link with its members, the EKC established and implemented
a funding/membership relationship.
* To underpin
its new constitution and facilitate consistent best practice, the EKC has
reviewed and unified the policies and procedures required to effectively govern
the sport; for example, child protection, anti-doping.
* To guide the
future growth of the sport within England, the EKC has produced a comprehensive
development plan for the period 2014 – 2018. This plan identifies targeted
actions across a range of topic areas, for example recruitment and
participation, retention, talent development, workforce development, business
development and marketing and communication.
The finalised plan will be published on the
EKC website during July 2014.
Through this project the EKC has:
* Established a well-structured and unified
governing body for Karate in England.
* Created a fresh confidence and excitement
within the sport.
* Built a robust platform for the delivery of
good governance within the sport.
* Developed a
clear and achievable strategic direction for the development of the sport of
karate within England.
* Created an
appealing and highly credible framework for the recruitment and inclusion of
new Karate organisations and individual members.
* Booked a
venue for the 17th May 2015 for an inclusive EKC Championships
Sport England acknowledged the progress made by the
EKC in their efforts to create a unified governing body for Karate within
The EKC will continue in its efforts to improve its
unified governance of the sport and to implement the many exciting interventions
included within its 2014-2018 development plan.