Ashington Shotokan Karate Club's Privacy Policy

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This policy sets out our approach to handling the personal information of our club members. Ashington Shotokan Karate Club is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. It is a living document that will be kept under review and refined in accordance with data protection law and our systems as they evolve. This policy is effective from 25 May 2018 as adheres to GDPR regulations.

We are the Ashington Shotokan Karate Club The fundamental objective of our clubs is to develop the art, sport and practice of Shotokan karate in Northumberland. We are affiliated to the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) which is a democratic non-profit making organisation recognised by the official European and World governing bodies. The senior instructors are Sensei Jill Kelly 6th Dan black belt and Sensei Trish Bruce 5th Dan black belt. The club can be contacted by telephoning 07930 324556 / 07801 503179 or through the website

What we collect

We ask all those who wish to join the club to complete a membership form. This is currently a paper document which is completed by the applicant or their parents/guardian if under 18 years old. The personal information asked for on the form is limited and commensurate with the safe and efficient running of the club.

We will ask for the following personal information:

  • your name. This is necessary in order to maintain a record of your attendance in order to assess your eligibility to take karate gradings;
  • your sex. This is necessary because karate competitions have different categories according to whether you are male or female;
  • your address. Given that karate is a vigorous martial art, this is necessary to ensure that we can facilitate you getting home safely in the event of injury or other emergency taking place during training sessions;
  • your telephone number. This is necessary to efficiently communicate with you regarding club matters you may be interested in including unforeseen cancellation of classes.
  • your email address. This is necessary to efficiently communicate with you regarding club matters you may be interested in including unforeseen cancellation of classes.
  • your date of birth if under 21yrs. This is necessary because karate competitions have different categories according to age.
  • your karate licence details (number and expiry date). This is necessary in order to monitor and ensure continued insurance cover which an up to date licence provides. It is also necessary for completing competition entry forms which requires this information as proof of current KUGB membership and insurance cover.

We will ask for the following special category information relating to health:

  • pre-existing medical conditions, injuries or limitations to the extent they are relevant or might reasonably be considered relevant to your practice of karate. This is necessary to ensure that you enjoy a healthy and safe regime of training at the clubs and to minimise the risk of injury.

We also celebrate the achievements of our members and promote our activities using photographs of members training and competing in karate. From time to time these may accompany articles in local news journals and on-line on our website and Facebook page. This is done on the basis of a completed and signed consent form to confirm your personal requests.

The personal information is used solely for the efficient and safe management of the club. This includes the routine maintenance of an attendance register and completing competition entry forms on your behalf.


Your personal information will be retained by the senior club instructors and will not be accessible by anyone else in the club.

We retain your personal information for the duration of your membership and include a 6-month period of uninformed inactivity beyond it to accommodate natural breaks in training. After this period your personal information is archived and the special category information relating to your health erased.

We will not pass on your information to any third parties for any reason unless it be to the KUGB for the purpose of gradings, competitions or for some other legitimate purpose connected to your practice of karate, or if we were ordered by a court to do so, or it were for the purposes of a criminal investigation.

Our lawful basis for asking for and using your personal information in the ways set out is that it is necessary to achieve the legitimate interests of the clubs as particularised above. The special category personal information regarding your current state of health is used by us on the basis of your express consent.

Controlling your personal information

You have a right to request access to the personal information we hold, ask for errors to be rectified or even ask for it to be erased. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect. You also have a right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Some areas of our site also make use of Session Cookies. These are primarily used on the contact page to assist in form validation, and most of this is carried out on the website server. These types of cookies are also used to validate club members’ credentials as they move from page to page on the website, allowing those members to view members-only content.

Any Session Cookies are destroyed when they are no longer required, or by closing and restarting your browser.

Our website makes use of the following cookies;

3rd Party Cookies

3rd party cookies are used by Google Analytics, Facebook and YouTube.

The Google Analytics cookies are named;  _gat, _ga and _gid
Our website does not make use of any Google Analytics custom metrics.

The Facebook cookie is named;  fr
This cookie is required for the Facebook feeds on our website to function correctly.

The YouTube cookies are named;  GPS, PREF, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE and YSC​
These cookies are required for the YouTube plugin on our website to function correctly.

1st Party Cookies

We may also add a 1st party cookie to your browser.

This cookie is named;  ashingtonskcallowcookies
This is only added to your browser when you confirm or otherwise accept the cookies notification message which is displayed the first time you view our website.  It is used to stop that message from displaying again.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.