Guild of the city of London award
11th April 2011 Master Andrew Sofos was awarded the freedom of the City of London, an honour bestowed for his services to charity and working with underprivileged children over the past 25 years.
On the 26th September 2012 he was invited by the master, wardens and court of assistants at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall London EC4 to take part in the official joining and welcoming ceremony to receive his membership warren and sign the roll of the guild. During the ceremony the Master welcomed all new members and conducted the ceremony of the Loving Cup (Traditional ceremony that dates back for centuries) he was later presented with his membership warrant.
The historic right for Londoners to claim the freedom of their city was restricted to members of livery companies by a charter of Edward II and dates back to 1311 AD. In the 19th Century, the Corporation of London decided that the Freedom should no longer be restricted in this way.
It was against this background that in 1908 The Guild of the freemen came to be formed. It became the focal point where an influx of new freemen joined with the livery companies to develop and uphold the City’s traditions and maintain its good work.
Today the Guild of of Freemen of the City of London is an association of about 2500 men and women who take pride in their city and who participate actively in the guilds extensive and varied programme of educational, charitable, benevolent and social activities.
All who hold the Freedom of the city of London are eligible to apply for the guild and enjoy the benefits of belonging to the largest organisation in the City of London. Master Andrew Sofos stated “everyday we see the need for charity,
SAS Martial Arts Academy has been active in providing and supporting many childrens’ charities and causes over the past 25 years of the company’s establishment (raising over £550,000 to date)
Today Master Andrew teaches from his main HQ in Camden London and teaches for government and local authorities in helping to improve young peoples lives using the ethos and etiquette of the Martial arts he and his team of expert instructors aspire to install respect, trust, honour and integrity into all who walk into their classes.
More information abouth the freedom of the City of London and the Guild of London
Friday 28th September Master Sofos was invited by the Jack Petchey foundation to attend their regional achievement awards at the Arts Depot North Finchley.
Master Sofos was warded the “Leader award” for outstanding work with young people and children. SAS Martial Arts are a registered centre for Jack Petchey awards and recently Junior instructor Rajiv Choudhury and Peer tutor Diana Jawery were awarded by SAS their certificate for “outstanding achievement” for their teaching and volunteering work.
More information about jack Petchey foundation at