Karate kids a boost for Sheffield

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Thousands of karate kids - young and old - are heading to Sheffield from around Europe.

The World Union of Karate-Do Federations has chosen to host its prestigious European Championships in Sheffield, set to attract 1,400 competitors.

The event is to be held at the English Institute of Sport from October 16 - 20, with competitors expected to be aged from six to over 60.

Competitors from all over Europe, including France, Italy and Sweden, will take part in an elaborate opening ceremony before bidding to be crowned European champion.

As part of the championships, the WUKF will also host a referee and coaches seminar. There will also be a technical Kumite seminar delivered by multiple World Champion Christophe Pinna at EIS Sheffield.

Dom Stokes, general manager for SIV Events, said: “This is a huge event with a major competition programme, as well as additional event activity including an opening ceremony, seminars and meetings.

“The WUKF chose EIS Sheffield because of our track record in hosting major sports events and our state-of-the-art facilities, but also because of the additional space and provision for their seminars and meetings.”

Peter Allen, WUKF European President, said: “The event is the first of its kind, combining all the age groups into a European Karate Championships for all ages. Already booked are over 20 countries from Europe.

“Our European Family of Karate Ka will join us in Sheffield which I hope will be the best European Championships to date.”

Log on to www.sivtickets.co.uk to book.