Horley Leisure Centre recognised as 'Centre of Excellence' for Taekwondo (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Horley Leisure Centre recognised as 'Centre of Excellence' for Taekwondo
12:13pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Local News
Horley Leisure Centre has chalked up a first by becoming the first “Centre of Excellence" for Poomsae Taekwondo.
The centre in Anderson Way, off Court Lodge Road, has been recognised as one of the training centres where champions are born and trained.
With players that are World and European medallists, the centre plays host to national and international referees and world masters in Taekwondo. In fact, all of Great Britain’s poomsae athletes train at the centre.
Now its recognition has been made official with Reigate and Banstead mayor Dr Lynne Hack and Horley mayor and town council chairman Richard Olliver, being presented with the official 'centre of excellence' plaque from British Taekwondo.
Making the presentation to them at the centre, along with David Hughes of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council's leisure provider, GLL, was Great Britain national coach, Master Gemma Biescas, and Great Britain Poomsae chairman, Master Derek Sumner.
The elevation to centre of excellence status means that now British Taekwondo’s Great Britain team will do the majority of their regional and national training at the leisure centre. GLL is currently sponsoring Emily Whiting, a GB player who lives and goes to school in Horley.
Dr Hack said: “As a council, we have invested in our leisure centres to ensure our residents have access to world-class facilities. “We work with our leisure provider, GLL, to make sure our centres continue to provide high quality facilities for residents.”
She said: “For Horley Leisure Centre to be recognised as a centre of excellence by British Taekwondo is fantastic. We hope to continue working closely with them.”
Coun Olliver said: "I was very pleased to be present when Horley showed itself to be a champion of sport in the South-east. “It is great that the new Taekwondo centre should be based at our leisure centre."
Chairman of British Taekwondo Poomsae, Derek Sumner, said: "I am proud of the success of the players in the UK and what they have achieved. “The location and the facilities at Horley Leisure Centre have proved worthy of the title ‘centre of excellence’ in Poomsae.”
Poomsae refers to a specific form of Taekwondo, which focuses on the movements made in the sport as opposed to the practice of sparring with others. British Taekwondo will be providing the centre with a complete competition matted area.