GB Taekwondo signs new MOU with Seoul Physical Education High School
GB Taekwondo Performance Director, Gary Hall, signed yesterday a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Seoul Physical Education High school.
The agreement will allow for enhanced development opportunities for both GB and the Korean junior athletes, in particular GB Taekwondo’s Junior and Cadet development programmes which are funded by Sport England.
“Korea remains, as it has for almost the history of the Junior World Championships, the top junior team in the World,” said Gary Hall.
“Seoul Physical Education has been responsible for producing many of the best junior taekwondo athletes in the world.
“It is with pride that we now establish a MOU which will create superb development opportunities for our newly enhanced junior and cadet programmes.”
Whilst the GB Taekwondo elite athletes, including Olympic champion Jade Jones, return from Korea this week after a two week stay, the junior team will travel to Korea this summer.
It will provide vital preparation for those athletes selected to represent Great Britain at the 2013 Junior European Championships. In 2014 the Korean team will travel to the UK, ahead of both nations participation at the Junior World Championships in Taipei.
Maeng Kun Kim, the Head of the Taekwondo department at Seoul Physical Education acknowledged the importance of the agreement.
“The reciprocal visits of our junior teams will ensure that we stage annual elite junior development training camps, which will significantly aid the development of our respective teams.”
GB Taekwondo Development Manager, Dean Leak, has overseen a quadrupling in funding over the next four years for the programme and believes this to be an important step to making Great Britain one of the best junior taekwondo teams in the world.
“Seoul Physical Education was built in the shadow of the 1988 Olympic Park and its location provides a daily reminder of what those junior athletes are aspiring to.
“We hope that the visits to Korea and the intense atmosphere created there will help create a part of London 2012’s taekwondo legacy with continued success from cadet to elite level.”
Source: GB Taekwondo