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The National Association of Karate and Martial Art Schools National Governing Body (NAKMAS) has become one of the few national governing bodies in the UK to achieve the coveted Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport Preliminary Level, a charter mark for commitment to equality.

Having received the standard mark at Foundation Level only one year ago, NAKMAS has stepped up its commitment to equality and diversity in its governance of martial arts schooling to secure the next phase of the Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport.

To achieve the accolade, NAKMAS has produced an equality action plan which all staff, volunteers and key stakeholders must be able to understand, in addition to many other tasks.

The national governing body has also ensured its staff and member clubs understand the importance of equality and their role in delivering the action plan. NAKMAS have gone beyond focusing its equality drive internally by informing and engaging partner organisations and new audiences in the delivery of its actions plan.

Joe Ellis, Chair of NAKMAS National Governing Body, says:

"Few national governing bodies have achieved this level of the framework and we are proud to have come this far in ensuring our commitment to equality runs through the whole of the NAKMAS organisation and beyond.

“Producing an effective action plan is one thing, delivering it effectively is another. Obtaining Preliminary Level not only highlights how high the issue of equality sits on our agenda, but also its importance in being understood by all those we engage with.

"This is not a tick-box approach to equality, this is a practical effort and NAKMAS is now developing its strategy further with a view to achieving Intermediate Level."

Sandra Beale, NAKMAS National Governing Body Director of Operations, says: “I am very proud to have led NAKMAS through the achievement of the Preliminary level, and will continue to strive towards complete equality through the working towards the next level, which so far has only been achieved by two other bodies. We really are turning our words into actions.”

The Equality Standard is a framework for assisting sports organisations to widen access and reduce inequalities in sport and physical activity from under representative individuals, groups and communities especially women and girls, ethnic minority groups and disabled people.


Notes to editors:

Find out more about Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport at

The National Association of Karate and Martial Art Schools (NAKMAS) National Governing Body is a non-funded national governing body and is a member of CCPR (the Central Council of Physical Recreation). With its Head Office based in Kent, NAKMAS governs all forms of traditional and modern martial arts and has over 73,000 members within the UK.

NAKMAS is an approved insurance provider via Zurich and holds a National and International Quality Standard Certificate via the BSI (British Standards Institute).

For further information, please contact:
Joe Ellis, Chair of the NAKMAS National Governing Body
Tel: 01227 370055 / 07976 736404
Fax: 01227 370056

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