Dozens of awards top off successful first year at Fareham club

AWARDS From left, back row, Elizabete Lazdina, Suzanne Clifton, and Taylor Clifton. Front row Jack Coleman and  Gracie Austin
AWARDS From left, back row, Elizabete Lazdina, Suzanne Clifton, and Taylor Clifton. Front row Jack Coleman and Gracie Austin
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A KARATE club has celebrated its first birthday with a flurry of awards.

Ryukin Ryu karate club at Broadlaw Community Space, Fareham gave out 20 belt badges, eight red belts and three medals at a celebration evening.

Organiser Suzanne Clifton said: ‘It was great. We had a full house.

‘All the parents came down and the children put on a display. They were so proud, their faces were beaming with pride.’

A buffet was provided free of charge by Sainsbury’s in Broadcut to mark the occasion and they also gave leftover Olympic merchandise to the kids.

Linda Langdon from Sainsbury’s said: ‘It’s a great little club. They really deserve all the help they can get. We were only too happy to help.’

The Mayoress of Fareham Carole Steadman, who is an instructor at the club, said: ‘It was really lovely. Suzanne had got the club all decked out with decorations and Linda came and donated lots of things.

‘The children did their exercises while their parents watched and then they received their awards. They absolutely loved it.’

Medals went to Gracie Austin, Jack Coleman and Taylor Clifton, all age 12, for attending consistently for the whole year. Red belts went to Jack Guest, Sophie Rouse, Tamar Johnston, Shannon Duckett, Samuel Kneller, Ashley Holmes and Elizabete Lazdina.

All the children at the club are between the ages of five and 13.

They were awarded badges for different strengths from best kicker to best puncher to great spirit.

The club provides all the karate equipment for the children to make it affordable for all and is run by volunteers.

After the parents show and award ceremony, the children played party games.

‘They had a really fun evening and were really spoilt by Sainsbury’s, it was a great way to mark our first birthday,’ said Mrs Clifton.

Ryukin Ryu karate club is held at Broadlaw Community Space on a Monday at 5pm.

The group will be moving to a larger space nearby next year, meaning they will be able to take on more pupils.

For more information on Ryukin Ryu karate class call 01329 512112 or email jadsia1@ntlworld.com.