Club demands cash for move to new HQ

January 02 2015

A SUCCESSFUL martial arts club is facing a move to new premises after 34 years because of the planned revamp to Page Park pavilion in Staple Hill.

 A SUCCESSFUL martial arts club is facing a move to new premises after 34 years because of the planned revamp to Page Park pavilion in Staple Hill.

A SUCCESSFUL martial arts club is facing a move to new premises after 34 years because of the planned revamp to Page Park pavilion in Staple Hill.

The Elite Chung Do Kwan Black Belt Academy is calling on South Gloucestershire Council to meet the estimated £10,000 cost of its relocation.

It has the possibility of an alternative venue close by but needs the money to fit the premises with suitable underlay flooring and overlay mats.

The club hopes to move in February and is appealing for donations of building materials.

Chief instructor Andy Davies said it was ironic that more than £1million of public and lottery funding was promised for the park’s restoration, yet the award-winning club did not have access to any of the money.

The club has launched a petition on the council’s website, which it is asking people to sign by January 23, in support of its claim for cash.

Mr Davies said: “While we recognise the desire for a new pavilion, other user groups have retained their dedicated facilities whereas we would no longer be able to continue in our current form. We have met with the council, councillors and the architects for the new development but they simply cannot provide us with the continuity we need.

“Over the years we have invested heavily in becoming an internationally acclaimed and award-winning centre of excellence. We have equipped the club with a specially manufactured and fitted permanent underlay floor and interlocking overlay mat cut to size. Because of the way it was fixed and fitted we can’t reuse it when we leave so it will cost us thousands of pounds to replace it.”

Mr Davies was one of five club members to receive promotion certificates from the ‘technical founder’ of Taekwondo: Supreme Grandmaster Kim, Bok Man. He was promoted to 9th Dan having taken his first Martial Arts session almost fifty years ago. Senior Instructors Paul Hollier and Dave Clarke were both successful in being promoted to 6th Dan and Juniors Dean Turner was promoted to 4th Poom and Taylor Hardwick to 3rd Poom.