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Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia

The National Association of Karate and Martial Art Schools (NAKMAS) is set to act on Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent call on the sporting community to do more tackle homophobia.

NAKMAS, which has a strong track record in making martial arts available to all, has signed up to the Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport: The Charter for Action, which the Government launched in March and is in touch with Pride Sports with a view to establishing further initiatives aimed at tackling homophobia and creating an environment where more top-class sportsmen and women feel comfortable about coming out.

Sandra Beale-Ellis, NAKMAS Director of Operations, says:

“Like many sports, martial arts has not been the most accommodating environment from the LGBT community, but NAKMAS is leading the way in making sure that is no longer the case and that martial arts are truly open to all.

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for changing the mind set of sport when it comes to homophobia and transphobia, but it is up to the governing bodies in sport to lead the way in making that happen. We are confident that by working with Pride Sports and other stakeholders NAKMAS can eradicate the problem from martial arts.”

NAKMAS already secured accreditation to the Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport Preliminary Level, and has stepped up its efforts on the equality, diversity and inclusion front by creating the NAKMAS Equality Training Awareness initiative, which gives NAKMAS instructors and their employees/volunteers to train and become fully aware of equality laws and issues surrounding sport.

Early last year, NAKMAS appointed Chris Davies, 6th Degree, Master of Chinese Martial Arts, representing Scotland on the NAKMAS National Management Committee, as Equality Champion and is about to be assessed for the Intermediate level of the Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport.

Joe Ellis, chair of NAKMAS, adds: “We are committed to making NAKMAS 100 per cent committed to equality and diversity and we have a number of initiatives aimed at achieving that goal. However, this is not a tick box exercise designed so that we appear committed. The suite of NAKMAS initiatives, including our signing up to the Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport: The Charter for Action, are being followed up by action and constantly developed.”

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Notes to editors:

Find out more about NAKMAS at www.nakmas.org.uk

NAKMAS has secured the Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport. To find out more about Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport at www.equalitystandard.org

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 Sport & Recreation Alliance (formerly known as the CCPR). 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 by ACE Europe and Hiscox 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
Email: joe.ellis@nakmas.org.uk
Site: www.nakmas.org.uk

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