We firmly believe as a membership organisation and as an association that speaks highly of the importance of being not for profit and community led that we must be open, transparent and honest about how we’re funded. We believe we should be accountable to our members for our spending, too.

We’re proud to have been publishing our accounts and spending habits for our members since 2014, and remain committed to providing this information for the public domain today.

We provide all of our instructors and clubs with a full, detailed breakdown on our spending and income. This includes categorised income and spending spreads via charts and graphs to help illustrate our financial habits. We feel this is a really important right all of our members should have to see and query our spending if needed.

To the best of our knowledge, we’re the only martial arts association of our size and presence to openly publish financial habits and spending like this. We don’t think our members should be paying fees that dissapear into private bank accounts. We are only and transparent, just as we think we should be.

How Are We Funded?

To date,  we have not received a penny in funding from any external sources. We’ve never recieved government help or funding, nor have we received any funds or support in anyway from external bodies like the National Lottery.

We are entirely self-sufficient, funding our operations and foundation exclusively from our own generated income. We do this through membership subscriptions and merchandise sales.

All of our advice and guidance is offered to members of the public, police, councils, LADOs and clubs free of charge and without any remuneration.

Our Group of Social Enterprises actively seeks sponsorship and other commercial partnerships but receives no funding, grants or donations.

The association remains entirely self-funded and self-sufficient, and without any support or assistance from government, Sport England or the National Lottery.

During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic we applied for emergency funding from Sport England to help the association and it’s attached Foundation to ensure we could continue promoting grass roots martial arts, upholding our safeguarding standards and ensuring access to training for vulnerable students. Unfortunately Sport England declined to provide any support and continues not to engage with us for any funding or grants.

How Do We Spend Our Income?

A large proportion of our income is spent on staff and payroll. We have no members of staff on any kind of substantial remuneration packages, but as our organisation has grown rapidly we have had to bring on a staff in operations, strategic ops and administrative duties to help the association run.

The remainder of our spending is committed to key areas of operational importance. We provide a full breakdown of our spending by category for all members of the association.

We are incredibly responsible with our spending, ensuring we remain well positioned to promote our charitable aims. We also ensure we have a suitable reserve to see us through uncertain times, just as we did during Covid-19 when we made £45,000 of support available to our member clubs. We are accountable to our members and open to scrutiny. Whist we may be technically a private company, our trustees and Social Mission, as well as a contractual agreement between our Social Enterprise and Foundation ensures all profits are mandated to go to the Foundation to enable it to run charitabale programmes.

Register as a member of our association below to access our full income and spending breakdown and to have your chance to provide feedback on where your fees should go.

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We think it’s only fair you know where your membership fees are going and how they are being spent. What’s more, we give all of our members the opportunity to provide frank and open feedback on spending priorities and income streams, to ensure we’re always acting in the interest of our community of instructors and clubs.

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