East_Manchester_Academy_taekwondoFebruary 27 - Sport Taekwondo UK have officially opened their new administrative headquarters at the impressive East Manchester Academy in Beswick, Manchester.

The Academy, a £31.5 million new high school which opened in September 2010 with a first intake of 200 pupils, will be home to Sport Taekwondo UK staff, including their high performance coaches and athlete support staff and it is from here that high level plans will be put in place to deliver gold medals for Britain, both at this year's World Championships in Korea and, most importantly, at the Olympic Games in London next year.

Jeremy Beard, chairman of Sport Taekwondo UK, said: "This is an exciting initiative for us, facilitated by Manchester City Council, in which a partnership has been created between a leading British Olympic sports organisation and one of Manchester's newest high schools at a brand new establishment that is fast becoming one of the most noticeable landmarks in Manchester.

"For our athletes to succeed in major competitions and achieve medal success, it is not just important that they have access to the best facilities but equally that our staff behind the scenes are able to operate in the very best working environment and The East Manchester Academy certainly provides that.

"I'm equally excited that we will also have an opportunity to work with both The East Manchester Academy and Manchester City Council to develop opportunities for young people to learn more about Taekwondo and to have a chance to become actively involved in our great sport."

Guy Hutchence, Principal of The East Manchester Academy said: "I am delighted to welcome Sport Taekwondo UK to The East Manchester Academy in what promises to be an exciting partnership which will inspire our pupils towards sporting success and personal bests.

"With the World Championships only a couple of months away and the Olympics not far off, it is fantastic to be associated with such a successful outfit as the British Taekwondo team and I hope they are happy with their new accommodation on our top floor.

"We wish them all the best for the future and will be following their progress with great interest.

"Who knows, British Taekwondo Performance Director Gary Hall might just unearth a couple of gems for the future from our pupils, who have already established an excellent profile in a variety of sporting arenas."