The first night of a new sports programme, which has been launched following feedback from children, has been hailed a roaring success.
The Amble Long Zhanshi MMA (mixed martial arts) Club opened its doors on Tuesday, June 24, to a fantastic response from the community.
The training sessions are being delivered at the Percy Street-based Amble Community Sports Development Centre (ACSDC), which is undergoing a major transformation under a new committee.
The club is open to children and adults and focuses on training a mixture of martial arts including boxing, K1, jujutsu and Chinese boxing.
It is affiliated through the BCCMA (British Council for Chinese Martial Arts) and follows a fully-accredited training system which allows students to pass through various exams and achieve belts.
The programme offers training for users aiming to get fit and those that want to compete. And if the opening night is anything to go by, the club is going to be a big success in the town.
John Kelly, ACSDC chairman, said: “I was over the moon at the level of interest that was shown in this programme. We were totally blown away by the numbers that came through the door.
“With the positive feedback from the night, I am sure that over the next few weeks more users will come to join in the class. Everyone is welcome.”
The club has thanked Northumbria Police for its backing, Amble Development Trust for funding guidance, HMP Northumberland for giving the club use of its gym equipment and the town’s James Calvert Spence College for handing out surveys to local children, which helped identify a need for this sort of training.
The club, whose head coach is the experienced Shaun Gaines, has also asked Amble Town Council for funding.
The training sessions are every Tuesday and Thursday.
Times are 6pm to 7pm for juniors (10-14 year olds) and 7pm to 8pm for those aged 15 and above. Due to funding, the classes are £1 for juniors and £2 for adults. Bring a pair of cheap bag gloves and a drink.
The club is also offering MMA-based circuit training sessions on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm.
Any local businesses who want to sponsor the club can contact the chairman via email firstname.lastname@example.org