The Valley Taekwondo Club comes up to the mark.
The Valley Taekwondo Club is a recognised Centre of Excellence for Olympic Taekwondo within Northern Ireland and has been awarded the Sport NI Clubmark. The club produces the highest calibre black belts in this highly dynamic, exciting martial art. It has medal winning athletes from interclub level to European and Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships level and aims to have club members on the GB/Irish Teams to eventually compete in the Olympics.
There is a vibrant Children/Cadet section of girls and boys for 7 -12 year olds, with the kids performing kicks that would pass for incredible in the Hollywood films! Kicking and striking is what we are about in this 2000 year Korean old martial art for self defence, which is not only an Olympic sport but has recently been included as a Commonwealth Games combat sport. Its world-wide growth just keeps growing and growing.
The club has a solid Junior (13-17yrs) and a Senior (18+) section who are less interested in competition but want to learn a practical self-defence and also enjoy their fitness development. The club strongly believes in the sports science approach taken to training as a result of the links with strength and conditioning experts from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.
The club’s progress has not happened overnight but has resulted from over 20 years of dedication from the black belt instructors. Looking to the next 20 years for even greater achievements not on a local stage but a European platform the club hopes to take Children/Cadets members to European events this year for the first time.
Achieving the Sport NI Clubmark NI accreditation is an independent external stamp of quality and gives assurance to parents and stakeholders alike that the Valley Taekwondo club is a well-managed and safe club to be a member of.
If anyone wishes to see for themselves what Valley Taekwondo can offer in this coolest of Olympic sports then please feel free to come along to any training night or speak to Chief Club Instructor, Bertie Nicholson, on 07870811970.