Rugby school kickboxers to represent country at world championships

Avon Valley School kickboxers Katelyn Bateman, Bobby Brannen, Liam Radburn and Cameron Mac will represent England at the World Martial Arts Organisations World Championships which will be held in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, in October. NNL-170328-152410001
Avon Valley School kickboxers Katelyn Bateman, Bobby Brannen, Liam Radburn and Cameron Mac will represent England at the World Martial Arts Organisations World Championships which will be held in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, in October. NNL-170328-152410001
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Three kickboxers from a Rugby school qualified to represent England at the martial arts world championships in Dublin later this year.

Last year Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College Year 11 student Katelyn Bateman and Bobby Brannen, from Year 8, qualified to compete in the World Martial Arts Organisation’s tournament in Spain.

They will be joined this year by Year 7 pupil Cameron Mac and possibly Liam Radburn, Year 9, if he is successful in the European championships in May.

Head teacher Alison Davies said: “It is great to see that these students have earned the right to compete on a world stage in their chosen sport.

“To compete at this level takes a lot of time and dedication; as a school we are very proud of their achievements and wish them all the best for the world championships in October.”

The students, who regularly spend six-to-eight hours a week training at G-Force Martial Arts, Rugby, are now looking for businesses, organisations or individuals willing to sponsor them.

To compete at the championships, the youngsters will each need to raise funds for a fighting suit, tracksuit, flights, accommodation, category entry fees and insurance.

Bobby’s father Ronnie Brannen said: “As parents we are very proud of their achievements and we’re very proud that they’ll be representing England.

“They must all now continue to work hard in training so that they are fit and ready for the competition in Dublin.”

“We would love to hear from anyone who can help with sponsorship which will enable Bobby, Katelyn, Cameron and Liam to compete in Ireland in October.”

For anyone wishing to donate, contact the parents via Avon Valley achievement leader Mr Phelan by calling 01788 542355 or emailing phelan.d@welearn365.com.