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Monday, December 16, 2013

Bright future for Ashurst Meeting Rooms

Members of the British Olympic Taekwondo team could soon be visiting Skelmersdale after the UK Taekwondo Development Council recently took over the day-to-day running of Ashurst Meeting Rooms.

West Lancashire Borough Council has officially started a new partnership with the Taekwondo organisation to secure the community facility’s future.

Management and operation of the meeting rooms has been handed over to the Development Council under a long term lease agreement with the authority.

Nigel Hudson, chairman and founder of the development council, said there is a bright future ahead for the meeting rooms.

He said: “We hope to make this building a national centre of excellence and we have already a lot of interest from people who want to come here. We are planning to have courses for instructors, referees and judges as well as training camps for our national squad. 

“Although the Olympic team members are under a different governing body to us people from that team could come and train here when they are on their way to competitions nearby.

“I am very pleased we have been selected to take on the management of this building as I was based here with the Skelmersdale Taekwondo Academy before we moved to a site in Pennylands a few years ago. We hope that community groups will continue to use the Ashurst building as they have in the past and some of those have events coming up in the near future.”

The UK TaeKwondo Development Council is a national body with over 80 clubs within the U.K and is recognised by UK Sport and Sport England.

Nigel was founder of the Skelmersdale Taekwondo Academy which has been in operation in Skelmersdale for more than 25 years. Earlier this year one of its members, Nigel Eastham, was crowned world champion at the Taekwondo International World Championships which attracted more than 2,000 competitors.

The Skelmersdale Taekwondo Academy will continue to be based at Pennylands, but will have a satellite group based at Ashurst Meeting Rooms in the new year.

Councillor David Sudworth said: “I am really pleased we have been able to reach an agreement with the UK Taekwondo Development Council to take over Ashurst Meeting Rooms. They have exciting plans for the building.”

Transferring Ashurst Meeting Rooms to a community organisation was agreed by Council in October 2012 and the UK Taekwondo Development Council was selected after Council staff interviewed four worthy candidates.

Anyone in the area who is interested in taking up Taekwondo or who wants to hire the Ashurst Meeting Rooms for private functions contact Nigel 01695 724603 or email ilyokwan@tiscali.co.uk.

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