Andy rewarded for service to community
Published on: 03 Feb 2016
TAEKWONDO expert Andy Davies is to receive a British Citizen Award in recognition of his exceptional work with young people.
Andy, 57, who runs a martial arts and fitness gym in Staple Hill, is one of the foremost practitioners of Taekwondo in the country and is known for his traditional teaching disciplines and high standards.
Over more than 30 years, he has trained many children and adults to an elite level in the sport and has himself been British champion nine times as well as winning a European silver medal.
Andy has worked closely with various agencies including schools, youth groups and social services in offering free activities to children. He organises taster sessions, demonstrates techniques and conducts assemblies on the importance of self-discipline and responsibility to the community. Some of his sessions have also introduced life skills and anti-bullying techniques to children.
The British Citizen Awards recognise individuals who make a positive impact on society, Medallists are nominated by the public and selected by a panel of independent assessors.
Andy is one of 33 successful medallists due to receive a medal on January 28 at a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster.
Among those who put his name forward is Staple Hill councillor Shirley Potts, who said she was delighted to hear of his success.
“Not only is Andy one of the most skilled practitioners of martial arts in the country, who has trained many students to reach high levels of expertise but he has used his knowledge and skills to benefit the community.
“He has given up his time to work in schools, to arrange performances at community events and to counsel young people. Although managing the academy is a business, I know that Andy has subsidised the training of some vulnerable young people to help to improve their confidence and self esteem.”
She added that Andy had done a great deal to encourage young people to take part in sport and have healthy lifestyles.
“Andy is an extremely energetic and enthusiastic individual, who has the concerns of the children at heart.”
Andy said he was greatly humbled and deeply honoured by the award and thanked councillor Potts for her support over many years.
“I would especially like to thank all the members of my club for their loyalty and dedication and also to the members of UK Chung Do Kwan and the UK Tae Kwon Do Commission and the very many friends I have been fortunate to make over the years. You are all heroes,” he said.
As well as his martial arts activities Andy is an active member and keen supporter of veterans groups such as the RAF Police Association, Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association and helps with charitable events and fundraising for good causes.