A MARTIAL arts club from Clayton is leading the way in sports safeguarding, having attained the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts mark.

Phoenix Combat Arts has been commmended for its commitment to upholding its duty-of-care to the community and young people and recognises Phoenix Combat Arts as a martial arts provider that has reached and effectively maintained good safeguarding standards.

The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts has been created so that parents and carers can clearly identify a martial arts provider that have demonstrated that they have reached and maintained good safeguarding standards and can make informed decisions when selecting a club for their child.

Mr Philip Boyle, coach at Phoenix Combat Arts, said it is a "huge credit" to its school.

Sue Harrison, Stakeholder Marketing at the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts said: “We are delighted to see that so many clubs, including Phoenix Combat Arts have successfully attained the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts.

“When making choices about martial arts schools, parents and carers can easily determine, and be reassured that clubs in their local area are committed to safeguarding and upholding safe practices for their children if they display the Safeguarding Code ‘mark’.”

Developed in consultation with Sport England, representatives from martial arts governing bodies, and leading safeguarding experts, the Code is funded by the National Lottery and was launched by the Sports Minister in 2018. To date, over 250 clubs have now attained the Code.

Mr Boyle said: “This represents a two-year journey of transformation. This is a huge credit to all Instructors and Students who have contributed to our success. This shows that we are a nationally recognised Martial Arts Club where safety is of paramount importance.”

How can I join Phoenix Combat Arts?

A not-for-profit group, it provides low cost martial arts and fitness training to any over the age of five including their parents.

It uses a kickboxing martial arts program (not cage fighting). All styles of martial artists are welcome.

  • Saturdays from 1pm at Beck Mill, Reva Syke Road, Clayton. £3.00 for juniors and £5 for seniors per 2 hour class. Discounts for families training together. First two lessons free.