A KARATE club for young people in a Northumberland town has been given a cash boost by the county’s biggest private sector employer.
Rio Tinto Alcan, which employs 650 people at its aluminium smelter and power station at Lynemouth, has donated almost £800 to the Ashington Supporters Club.
The voluntary organisation runs the Ashington Shotokan Karate Club and the Alcan donation has helped pay for six training courses aimed at boosting the confidence of younger students when it comes to taking part in competitions.
The money was given from Alcan’s Community Foundation, which supports good causes across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.
The karate club is led by 15 volunteers from the Supporters’ Club, most of whom are parents of children attending the sessions. It is used by 45 youngsters aged nine to 15 years, looking to kick start their karate skills on Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings.
Julie Smart, who chairs the Supporters Club, said: “I would like to thank Rio Tinto Alcan because the money has enabled all students to take part in a 90-minute training session, which includes the instructor fee and hall hire. It has also helped to pay for 12 karate suits for new starters and, once they achieve their first karate grading belt, we are now able to give them their official club jacket. It means so much to the students to get this kit, which they wear with great pride.”