Sherburn Kenpo Karate Club have been introduced to sparring thanks to equipment purchased through funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.

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Karate Students in Sherburn-in-Elmet have been introduced to sparring following funding received from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.

Sherburn Kenpo Karate Club which operates as a not for profit organisation from the Eversley Park Centre in Sherburn-in-Elmet, provides local children with the opportunity to participate in a more unusual sport. Peter Woods from the club commented “I wanted to introduce controlled sparring to my students, and in order to do this safely we needed protective equipment suitable for children, to include protection for the head, chest, hands and legs so I decided to apply for funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.”

“After submitting an application to the Trust we were awarded just under £200 which enabled us to purchase the relevant equipment which has benefitted the children greatly, allowing them to explore another side of karate in a safe environment. We are extremely grateful for this money as all training fees are re-invested into the club and without it we would have been unable to purchase this equipment.”

Training sessions at the club are now rotated so that all children have the opportunity to practice sparring, with the aim of training them to attend competitions in the future. Competing in a sport can really help children’s confidence and teach them to have a sense of pride about what they do.

John Garbutt chairman of the Trust commented, “It is great to help a local club which encourages youngsters to participate in a non-mainstream sport. Karate is a great sport that can develop confidence, self-discipline and social skills, which offers something different than the more conventional activities such as football and rugby. It provides sporting opportunities to children who may not otherwise be interested in those mainstream sports.”

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