Our next Club in the Spotlight is Penistone-based Quest Taekwondo.
After a successful weekend where they achieved ClubMark status, the club have another exciting event to come this weekend too – an opportunity for people to train with 2016 Olympic Silver medallist Lutalo Muhammad. After his infamous final, Lutalo captured the hearts of the nation with an emotional post-match interview.
Quest Taekwondo was founded in 1988 by Master Mike McKenzie, 7th Dan, meaning it will celebrate its landmark 30th anniversary next year.
Whilst the club’s main international standard sports facility is at Penistone Grammar School, they also have venues in Leeds, Bradford, Hull and Liverpool covering over 500 members combined.
We asked Mike McKenzie for all the details on Lutalo’s training session and Quest Taekwondo club.
Do you have any upcoming activities or events?
On Saturday the 25th of February, Olympic Silver medallist Lutalo Muhammad will be conducting a training session at Penistone Grammar School sports centre, 10am-1pm. To train with Lutalo send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
What is the best thing about your club?
Male and female members aged 4-50+ all training in the Olympic Sport of Taekwondo. Members have represented Great Britain at Cadet World and European Championships, Under 21 European Championships, European University Games and World University Games.
What are you most proud of at your club?
People travel on a weekly basis to Penistone from Liverpool, Boston, Stoke and Settle to train at Quest Taekwondo Penistone which was awarded GB Talent Club status in 2016.
What type of person gets involved with your club?
Varies from families teasing together at the Family Friendly Friday class, to athletes with aspirations to make the GB team.
If there is one thing that you hope your members take from being a part of your club, what would it be?
Our “quest” is to ensure that we give our members every opportunity to fulfil their potential both as Taekwondo students and as people. Our motto is to educate, entertain and inspire.
What makes your club unique?
It is a pioneering Taekwondo club. We have more Level 2 coaches than any other Taekwondo club in the UK. We piloted the Sport England KickSister project and are part of This Girl Can. We have all the Olympic athletes and coaches visit us on a regular basis and we host the best TKD competition each year at the English Institute of Sport.
Why is your club important to you?
I have been involved in Taekwondo since 1979 and a coach since 1988. In all that time I have never had such a good club with great athletes, parents, volunteers and supporters as we have now.
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