Fund-raising launch to send PBA’s GB youngsters to world championships

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Mansfield’s Personal Best Academy have begun a huge fund-raising push to enable 10 of their youngsters, who have been chosen to represent Great Britain, to be able to get to two major martial arts competitions abroad later this year.

The PBA, based at 20 Newgate Lane and Pelham Buildings, Pelham Street, are celebrating the selections of Chloe Adcock, Elisha Morley, Frankie Ulyatt, Henry Williams, Jack Jones, Laura Merry, Lia Morley, Lisette Westwater, Millie McConville and Courtney Marke for the WUMA World Championships in Geneva and the WMKF World Cup Games in Tunisia.

But the cost of getting them there is the big problem.

The PBA will start their funding push this Saturday with demonstrations by the youngsters and a chance to meet them in Mansfield’s Market Place from 10am through to 4pm.

Then on Saturday, 19th July (10am-4pm), the club will hold an open day at its Newgate Lane headquarters which will include Lil Dragon demonstrations, PBAKidz class drills, a barbecue, cake sale, raffle, bouncy castle, stocks, wine raffle, lucky dip and sumo wrestling challenge.

A PBA spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, athletes in the sport of martial arts have to self-fund any trips locally, nationally or internationally, which can prove to be very costly for parents and families involved.

“We have to cover the cost of travel, accommodation, competition fees, equipment, uniforms, tracksuits and additional training fees.

“Donations, no matter how small or large, will go a long way to helping these children compete for Great Britain and help them fulfil their dreams of challenging for the prestigious World Championship medals.”

PBAKidz are based at Newgate Lane while the PBA adults are based at the PBA Fitnez Factory at Units 3&4, Pelham Buildings.

You can make a donation online at www.personalbestacademy.com/team_soc.

You can also find PBA at facebook/PBAMansfield

For more information on PBA call 01623 656890 (kids) or 01623 662869 (adults) or visit www.personalbestacademy.com.

Pictured, back from left: Millie McConville, Chloe Adcock, Lia Morley and Laura Merry. Front: Lisette Westwater, Jack Jones, Henry Williams, Frankie Ulyatt and Elisha Morley.