Mats will be first new buy
THE Dojo and Ji Shin Do Karate Academy are hoping to buy new mats to replace their current ones which have rips and tears.
The academy, in Frampton Road, Gloucester. has been open to members wanting to explore martial arts for 25 years.
Roweena Boland, the club's secretary, says she is thankful the Cash 4 Clubs Scheme has been introduced.
"Money to spend on your club is hard to find at the moment," said Boland.
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"We need to replace our mats. We need lighter mats that can fit together like a jigsaw. The kids like to dive around and they can't do that with our current ones.
"If people run, roll or dive on the slide mats we have at the moment it can be dangerous and they have rips in," she said.
Boland, who has been with the academy since it opened in 1987, is a big supporter of the scheme and has already been spreading the word in the community to boost their chances of the winning the top prize of £500.
"We've spoken to the parents to start collecting the vouchers every day from the newspaper. Because we are small our community isn't the biggest but we will do our best and the posters will be used for advertising too," she said.
The academy has over 200 members in different groups while they host after school groups. They also run various events for people to get involved in karate.
"Recently we gave out gold, silver and bronze medals for the karate and we also do physical skills as well for people to get involved in which is good" she added.