Sunday marked the 25th anniversary and the end of Seahouses Karate Club’s hosting of the prestigious U14 Junior Karate Championships, of which Sunderland Sendai were the overall winners.
More than 90 youngsters from across the North East travelled to Seahouses to compete in the championships, which are a stepping stone for children to go on to compete in the Northern Region contests.
The championships have also paved the way for youngsters to go on to fight for their country, having been selected onto the England Karate Union of Great Britain karate squad.
The event has been organised for the past 25 years by Ali Liddell and David Brewis, along with a dedicated team of volunteers from the Seahouses community.
Ali Liddell, who has trained at the club for 33 years, said: “It is the end of an era, but we’ve enjoyed 25 very successful years of hosting this prestigious event for young people.
“You see the kids coming to the junior championships aged between five and 14 years old and you know they are going to progress into the British squad.
“It’s a great thing, that a little village in north Northumberland has hosted such a prestigious competition with children travelling to compete here from across the region.
“All of the organisers give their time voluntarily to run the event and the Seahouses Social Club has provided the venue free of charge for many years and previously, The Viking.
“Local sponsors from the Seahouses community have remained loyal to this annual event and I would like to thank everyone who has made this competition a highlight in the North East Karate calendar.”
Event organiser Jill Kelly said: “The event has been a wonderful introduction for children to have fun and enjoy competing in a karate championship.
“Many of those children who have competed at Seahouses over the years have gone on to enjoy national and international honours.
“For 25 years Ali and David have run these championships and have given much pleasure and encouragement to a huge number of young Karateka.”
The Championships began in 1989 as an inter Northumberland competition with four local clubs competing.
As the popularity of the championships grew, the competition was rolled out to include clubs from across the North East region.