Earlier this year Stamford Kickboxing Club was on the verge of going under after the club were forced to find a new home when they were no longer able to train at Stamford School gym.
However they are now one of just many clubs who will benefit from the new impressive £5m Borderville Sports Centre development, in Ryhall Road and soon could have some new World Champions amongst their numbers.
The club train at the new state of the art sports facility, which has been developed in a three way partnership between Stamford AFC, New College Stamford and the Burghley House Estate, from 6.30pm to 8pm every Sunday and are looking for new members to try the sport.
Instructor Alan Johnson said: “We have a superb group of students but due to rising cost of hiring Borderville Sports centre, we are looking to recruit some new starters.”
The British Chinese Kickboxing Association was formed in 1996, which is when the Stamford club started, with the purpose of enabling a group of fighters to compete at international level. A training system and syllabus were designed to lean towards developing competition sparring skills and techniques while still maintaining a martial art discipline.
The BCKA supports fighters of any level or experience was encouraged, developed and given the opportunity to fight internationally and ultimately represent their country if they were willing to train hard for it.
Six of the Peterborough area BCKA fighters, a few of which train at Stamford, travel to Portugal this weekend to fight in the WKC World Championships,
Chelsea Munday, Leon Gold, Jaden Harris, Grant Brown, Freya Molloy and Eddie Paddock will represent England at the at the championships which take place in Albufeira from November 1-4.
Proud coach Andy Whitwell, who is the senior executive instructor for the club and a 5th Degree Black Belt in BCKA Kickboxing and 4th Degree Black sash in Kung Fu, said: “It’s a great achievement to have six fighters from one club competing and I am obviously very proud. And I am confident they will do very well. They really are six of the best.”
To qualify for the WKC World Championships fighters had to win medals at the WKC British Championships.
Johnson said: “With hard work and dedication, new members could be representing Stamford BCKA at International level in a few years.”
All of the club’s sessions are on a pay-as-you-train basis, with discount for families. There are no bank details or direct debit required and each new member receives a free uniform. Prices start from just £3 for children - £5 for adults per session.
The club currently have a special offer of life membership, a free uniform and a four week beginner course for only £30.
For more information contact Andy Whitwell is the Call him on 07969792286 or email -firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bcka-peterborough.co.uk