Location: Newtownabbey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Combat sport: Karate Jutsu/Mixed Martial Arts
Focus areas: Youth at risk, sports development, education youth crime reduction and provision of a shared space.
Joined the FFP Alumni: July 2014
Contact: Danny Corr
ZJK began in 1998 as a small club operating out of a church hall. Their original goal was to offer an alternative sport to children who did not fit into the requirements for mainstream “popular” sports. ZJK believe in supporting people to develop and achieve their own individual potential. Over the years they have opened the first fully equipped martial arts gym in the area, been incorporated into a non-profit making company, and pursued twin goals of developing sporting excellence alongside the delivery of a number of community projects.
ZJK work with children, teenagers and adults alongside local schools, local government and community groups. Over recent years they have established relationships with the Police and Community Safety Partnerships and have ran a number of successful projects to tackle anti-social behaviour involving drugs and alcohol. ZJK provide a neutral venue for groups who would never interact in normal daily life giving them a shared space to train and socialise in a safe environment.
They also provide activities for under-represented groups including the Newtownabbey Anti-Racism Martial Arts Programme, and a programme for young adults with Learning Difficulties. On the sporting side they have produced Champions both nationally and internationally at the highest Elite level. These Champions act as mentors and role models across all of the club’s activities.