Cash boost to buy new sports gear

A judo club is celebrating a cash windfall to help buy new equipment.

Sunday, 8th May 2016, 7:45 am
Butokokan Judo Club celebrate their cash windfall.

Butokokan Judo Club has been awarded £3,167 from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest Scheme to buy new sports mats.

Founded in 2011, the family-run club has had four successful years of teaching the martial art to Northumberland residents.

The club teaches judo to students aged five and up from Newbiggin Sports Centre and Ashington.

The Community Chest Scheme supports voluntary and community groups and organisations by proving the opportunity to bid for grant funding.

Michael Douglass, co-founder and chairman of Butokokan Judo Club said: “This grant from the Community Chest Scheme has been a great help to Butokokan Judo Club.

“Our training mats before were in extremely poor condition with lots of tape on almost every mat covering tears and holes. These new mats are a breath of fresh air to our club and they look fantastic.”

Coun Scott Dickinson, business chairman of the county council, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer support to groups and organisations across the county.

“Clubs like Butokokan Judo Club are a real asset to Northumberland and the Community Chest scheme is a great way to say thank you for all of their work in the local community.”

Grants of up to £10,000 are available. The deadline for the next round of funding applications is May 9.

Applications will be considered by funding panels made up of councillors from across the county.

To find out how you can apply for Community Chest funding visit and search Community Chest Scheme.

For more information about Butokokan Judo visit