Young karatekas with disabilities involved in the Be Inspired project are celebrating passing their first grading.

Receiving the ultimate seal of approval, youngsters are now on their way up the grading ladder after displaying their determination and progress.

The be inspired project classes, run at Abel Karate, Vine Hall, East Molesey, are specifically designed for children and young people with disabilities.

Sensei Paul Abel , who runs the class, said all the participants were great role models for inclusive sport and have shown they can overcome barriers in society.

He said: “They are amazing and have proved that nothing is impossible. With their first grading, they have taken a very positive step up the ladder and will carry on building their confidence.”

Councillor Jan Fuller, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “The Be Inspired project goes further than developing children and young people with additional needs through karate.

“It encourages them to be the best they can and succeed in sport and in life. I am delighted that the children involved in the project have made their first grading.

“I am sure this is just the beginning of continued success for them and for Abel Karate.”