FIGHTERS from the East Meets West Black Belt Academy in Bedlington Station competed in the World Kickboxing and Karate National Championship in Manchester.
And seven of the team came away with medals – one gold and six bronzes – and as a result have qualified for the England team to compete in the World Championship in Montreal in Canada in October this year.
Karen Grieves won the gold while eight-year-olds Robbie Cowell and Eleanor Gray won bronze medals, as did May Kongklaew, 17, Beer Klongklaew, 15, Sam Moulding, 18, and Daniel O’Malley, 20.
The club is actively involved in fundraising activities and they have already held a bag pack at a local supermarket, held raffles and a fundraising evening to £600.
Further events are planned for later in the year and they will be approaching organisations and businesses in a bid to secure funding.
The trip to Canada for all the competitiors will cost £9,078.
The club intends to raise money but are appealing to anybody who can help with sponsoring or in making a financial contribution should contact the club on 07751 338638 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org