Our Kendal Taekwondo club is Cumbria Taekwondo’s founding club, established in 1972, nearly 50 years ago. For the last 10 years the club has been led by Master Beverley Fallows (6th Dan) and a whole team of master and senior black belt instructors, who between them accumulate 150+years of experience! We also have a passionate team of committee members who help drive the club forward.
Over the last 10 years we have transformed Kendal club into a 21st century club. We have opened up specific classes to all age groups and abilities, putting health and safety and child welfare at its forefront. There is continuous training for our coaches, and the formation of a full committee to keep us relevant and up-to-date when it comes to coaching practices and policies. This has helped us, alongside a lot of hard work,to earn us UK Sport England’s Clubmark Safety Kite Mark as well as the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts Mark.
All of our coaches and committee members at Kendal club volunteer their time each week to run sessions and to make sure we provide fun, safe and progressive training sessions to all our members.
Unfortunately this year the covid-19 pandemic has provided us with a huge stumbling block, not just for our club but all sports clubs in the UK. This has meant we haven’t been able to provide indoor training sessions for nearly 6 months as we currently run out of hired school halls which are unfortunately closed.
Taking the initiative
We have though taken the initiative over the latter half of the pandemic and taken our sessions outdoors, although not ideal due to uneven surfaces. But we have prevailed as we know that at this difficult time physical activity for everyone is vital,not just for our physical health, but for our mental health too, and seeing our members smiling after each training session is what makes us want to do more!
Help if you can?
So, this is where we reach out to you, our local community,and businesses, to try and help us take the next step to provide a permanent base, a “dojang” for our club. A place we can provide a safe environment for our members during and after the pandemic moving forward.
A home not just for us but our community
Having our own dojang, after nearly 50 years in Kendal, is our ultimate dream, securing Kendal club’s future for many more years, and providing so many more opportunities for our current and future members. It will also help us ensure we are covid-19 safe, not only for our members but our coaches too.By having a permanently fitted, fully matted floor, means less handling of equipment and a safe surface for our members to train on. The Extra time it currently takes us to clean and store the mats safely due to covid-19 impacts on our volunteers time and also extra rental time that costs the club.
Having a place of our own means we can provide more of our affordable sessions to more people in our community. It will also be a space for others to use within our community providing another venue for sport & fitness groups in our area.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our cause and if you can help in any way it would be greatly appreciated.
Cumbria Taekwondo Kendal