NEWSLETTER THE NEWS SO FAR FROM STEVE REILLY… April was a busy month for interclub events and saw some excellent fights. The HKS interclub event took place on the 11th April at the club and was well attended by students from HKS and neighbouring clubs. Many juniors fought including: Callum Stridgeon, Rees Cropper, Harrison and Bradley Shore, Oliver Lee, Oliver Morton, Bobby Waring, Bradley Attwood and Taylor Hague. Students attended the following interclub events, which is much appreciated as it shows the level of support to other clubs, as well as providing opportunities for increasing their level of experience in the ring: Oliver’s Interclub event – attended by: Oliver Morton, Shane Robinson, Taylor Hague, Bradley Attwood and Bobby Waring. All the students fought very well and showed how far their skills have developed. Kirby Interclub event – attended by: Oliver Morton, Shane Robinson, Bradley Attwood and Bobby Waring. Bradley and Bobby had excellent fights and it was a pleasure for the corner men to see how much of an improvement they have made in the ring. K Star Show – attended by: James Barnes and Rick Gregson, who fought for decision fights. Despite training very hard, James had a knock down whilst Rick had to retire early due to injury to his leg. Dates of Interclub and shows 9th May 2010 – Peel Interclub event 16th May 2010 – Luuksit Junior Show 22nd May 2010 – Sparton Interclub event 6th June 2010 – HKS Show
Steve Reilly and all instructors, students and parent’s carer’s would also like to say….
CONGRATULATIONS TO SHANE ROBINSON Shane won an interclub title fight belt, which was his first title after much hard work. Oliver Morton also fought for an interclub title but was not successful on this occasion. However, he had a good fight and is looking forward to another opportunity. Once again all the fighters showed incredible good sportsmanship inside and out of the ring. Well done! STUDENT OF THE MONTH Student of the month is Joe Dawson, well done Joe! STUDENT’S OF THE WEEK WEEK 1 Connor Jones Rees Cropper Bryony Hodgson Arron Lancaster A brilliant achievement by you all, well done! GRADINGS Following a record number of students grading last month the next grading class is due to take place on the 29th May at the club. If you have not yet graded or would like to reach the next level then please give your name to Steve Reilly or Malcolm Strong. If you need help or advice in regard to the grading then please do not hesitate to speak to one of the instructors.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Please note, if you have a question that you would like an answer to then please feel free to ask, alternatively you can write a question down and place it in the box situated in the waiting area. The answer will be provided in the next newsletter. Q: WHY DO WE HAVE FUND RAISING EVENTS? A: At the club we want to provide social events for all young people, such as Halloween and Christmas. The cost of hiring rooms and providing entertainment such as DJ’s and hot food can be costly. We raise money with the support of the children and young people, their families and friends. This helps us to provide an enjoyable and lasting memory for everyone. Remember, if your child enjoys being part of something then they are likely to continue to commit to an activity, which has to be a good thing! Fund raising events held in 2010 will include a car boot sale, therefore items which can be sold will be gratefully received. Q: HOW IS STUDENT OF THE WEEK DECIED? A: student of the week is decided by the instructors prior to the end of the Thursday class. The criteria is that all students who attend on Tuesday and Thursday are eligible to win this award. Q: WHY DO WE HAVE TO BUY AND WEAR EQUIPMENT AND KIT BOUGHT FROM THE GYM? A: All students must be in club colours at all times when training and fighting, this means only buying equipment from the club. The money from equipment and kit bought goes back into paying for the gym. If you buy kit and equipment from another gym or a web site, then you are supporting them in paying for a gym you do not attend. UP & COMING EVENTS & PROGRESS Fund raising events: On the 2nd May- Walk the Mayors Mile- sponsored event all money going to the Christmas party for the children. Volunteers took part in this event and despite the cold walked the mile without complaint to raise money for our Christmas party. We would like to thank the following people for giving up their time to raise money for the club events:
Tony and Callum Stridgeon, Debbie, Rees and Fin Cropper, Tim and Bradley attwood, Shirley and Oliver Morton, Ruth and Logan Lawrie, Shane and Yasmin Robinson. The collective decision to walk in club uniform managed to get us noticed in the crowd and we were featured in the Bolton News photos! More importantly we have raised so far approximately £370! Which is tremendous. THANK YOU! If you are interested in attending future fund raising events then please tell us, we need your support. We are arranging to attend a car boot sale once the weather becomes more settled - All sellable items needed for sale at the car boot (see Shirley or Yasmin) COMMITTEE NEWS HKS is committed to the welfare and safety of all students at all times. The club has a committee, which is a working party which meets regularly to discuss areas of need or interest in regard to the club and its members. If you have an issue or would like to raise a question for discussion then this can be done in person to any committee member, or in confidence by placing a question or a suggestion in the box in the waiting area upstairs in the gym. Details of all committee members can be found on the notice boards in the gym. HKS is unique in providing services from members which enable the club to have the Bolton Mark. The committee members attended the Bolton Sports Awards ceremony at the De Vere Whites hotel in Horwich, on the 23rd April. Despite being nominated for various awards we were unsuccessful. However attending the event helps to raise the profile of the club and recognises the fantastic work of all our volunteers. In December 2009, you may remember being asked to complete a questionnaire in respect of the gym. The purpose of this parental questionnaire was to improve the training opportunities to all young people at HKS. The results were positive and indicated that parents and carers are happy with the progress of their children. The coaches and trainers work hard to ensure that they provide a comfortable, safe and fun environment for everyone, however if we can improve on this in any way then we appreciate your comments. Many thanks to everyone that took the time to complete the questionnaire, the results of this are attached to the newsletter, or alternatively available from Yasmin.
FINAL WORD FROM CHIEF INSTRUCTOR STEVE REILLY Steve Reilly - chief instructor Thank you to all students, instructors and parents for their time and effort in enabling the club to progress. Thank you to the young people and their families for helping to raise the profile and funds for a Christmas party too, with the Mayors Mile event. This was a worthwhile cause which supported other charities and helped the club raise money for social events and equipment for the gym. Christmas might seem a long way from today, but we would like to provide an opportunity for families attending the club to celebrate without having to spend lots of money. We would also like to provide opportunities for fun through parties and social events throughout the year such as Halloween. This enables participation of all our students and makes coming to training fun. With support of sponsorship this will reduce the cost to families significantly, so Thank Many students will know that Malcolm Strong is never far from HKS and is committed to training juniors and adult classes. Malc has recently undergone an operation on his throat, and the club has missed him very much. We would like to take this opportunity to say that he is a much loved and valued member of our club, his commitment to young students is never forgotten by parents and carer’s. Despite not winning an award at the Bolton Awards ceremony, we want to say that you have our support and that you are a winner every time to us! Finally…. Many students have asked for personalised shorts, I am happy to announce that personal designs can be ordered from myself at a cost of £30.00. Please note that any orders must be paid for immediately as your nickname on a pair of shorts is no use to others. Finally…finally…. The club is looking to recruit volunteers and instructors, please note that any application is subject to a satisfactory CRB check undertaken by Bolton Council, and the ability to be consistent in attending the club and events. All volunteers and instructors have specific roles and will sign an agreement which outlines their duties, responsibilities
and commitment to attending events including those away from HKS. Volunteers and Instructors are also subject to annual personal development planning, which ensures that the full potential of each individual is recognised and achieved. This is part of the criteria expected as laid out by Bolton Council and in HKS having the Bolton Mark, as we are subject to inspection every three years. If you are interested or would like further information then please ask for an application form.
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