Young karate kids are one step closer to packing a powerful punch in a national competition.
Twelve children from Leeds-based Kushinkai Dojo have been selected to join the WKC England karate team after scooping an impressive medal tally at a recent tournament in Manchester.
The youngsters from the Chapeltown club are hoping to raise thousands of pounds to make their championship dreams a reality and take part in a national competition in Portugal.
They have just received over £2,300 from Leeds Community Foundation to help secure a deposit for their dream trip.
And now they needs to raise a further £10,000 to pay for their flights, accommodation and kit for the competition.
They are appealing to local businesses and organisation to sponsor the team.
David Brook from the club said: “The reaction from the kids has just been overwhelming.
“It is giving them a chance to experience new opportunities which without the support of businesses and organisation they wouldn’t have.
“This means everything to them and to be on the world stage would be a life changing experience.
“They have committed their time to training and many of them come from backgrounds where ordinarily they wouldn’t be able to afford this.”
Aaron Brook, 12, said: “I’m really proud to have been selected.
“I hope that we will all be able to go to Portugal and represent our country.
“This is something we will never forget.”
For more information and to sponsor the club, contact Sally-Anne Greenfield at Leeds Community Foundation on 0113 242 2426.