Face2Face Estate Agents has announced a new sponsorship with Taekwondo club TSX International.
The fast-growing estate agency business, has invested £2,000 in new equipment for the club run by former British Taekwondo champion Keith Raistrick.
Hundreds of new punch pads and kick shields are now being put to good use by the 200-plus students that come through the club doors every week.
The sponsorship is a first for Face2Face Estate Agents and came about as a result of managing director Jonathan Swire’s long-standing relationship with the club.
He said: “This club brings countless benefits in terms of fitness, self-defence and a sense of belonging.
“My personal involvement began when my own children became students of this ancient martial art around 16 years ago and when the opportunity to help Keith arose, I jumped at it.
“It’s great to see young and old using the new equipment to perfect their moves and we hope our sponsorship will be having a positive impact for many years to come.”
Face2Face Estate Agents currently lets and manages hundreds of properties for landlords across Greater Manchester and Yorkshire and has branches in Todmorden, Littleborough and Rochdale.
TSX International is headquartered in Wainwright Hall, Elland, but also runs classes in Todmorden Town Hall. The club offers one-to-one lessons, self-defence classes and attracts students aged between four and 77-years-old. It has produced a number of World, European and British champions from its thousands of students over the years.
At the helm is black belt 6th Dan Keith Raistrick who has been training in Martial Arts since 1984.
Over the past 35 years, Keith has won British, Scottish, Welsh and North of England Championships, and was part of the Five Nations International Team which won a third placing, taking a bronze in the 2002 World Championships in Miami, in America.
Keith said: “Students are now able to practise their moves and all the new bits of kit are essential teaching aids.
“I’ve known Jonathan and his family for a long time and we’re really delighted that Face2Face Estate Agents has decided to support our family-owned and orientated club in this way.
“We’re already getting great feedback from the students about the new equipment – and I genuinely hope that we’ll now have a few more British champions in the making.”