Shihan Mark Adams started teaching karate 23 years ago and now has 150 students who train across eight locations in the Thurrock area, including at local schools. With a focus on competing from an early age, Mark has trained local, national and even world champions.
Mark plans to continue this success by taking a team of six students, across a range of ages, to the World Championships in India this December.
Pace Fuelcare, located on Riverside Industrial Estate, West Thurrock, donated £300 to Yamaguchi Goju-Kai Karate Club after Mark applied to the company for funding. The donation was made as part of its Sports Bursary scheme, which aims to support sports groups across Thurrock.
Speaking about the donation, Mark said: “These competitions are essential for the students to improve and put the skills they have learnt to the test. However, with flights, accommodation and entry fees, this proves extremely costly.
“We have been raising funds ourselves through events such as quiz nights and discos, but support such as this from Pace Fuelcare is essential to enable us to compete at such a high level.”
Alex Ward, regional manager at Pace Fuelcare, commented: “The Yamaguchi Goju-Kai Karate Club is a real asset to Thurrock, helping encourage local children to get involved in sport while developing key skills such as discipline.
“As a longstanding supplier to the region, providing heating oil and diesel to rural and remote communities, Pace Fuelcare launched its sporting heroes bursary scheme for sports groups across the local area that can struggle for public funding.
“As a local business, it’s important that we give something back to these clubs and are glad that we were able to extend our support to these sometimes overlooked athletes.”
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