Project Description

Previous Winners

The University of Nottingham have triumphed in their bid for the Dr. Un-Young Kim Club of the Year Award. The last academic year was tumultuous and challenging for us all, and every Club of the Year submission we received highlighted examples of dedication, resilience and innovation from clubs across the country, operating without the usual focal points of recruitment fairs, training, gradings, social activities or BUCS competitions. The University of Nottingham’s club management committee proved themselves particularly adept at navigating the difficult conditions, making great efforts to keep their members training throughout 2020-21 – alternating between periods of training online, on outdoor courts and running tracks, and during various levels of socially distanced indoor training, offering many hours of training across the many return to sport phases – while maintaining clear communication with members, successfully attracting new members, hosting frequent online social events, taking advantage of online umpire education courses, taking part in online patterns competitions, running successful charity fundraising activities and more. In summary, the committee were able to maintain their momentum and enthusiasm admirably, demonstrating indomitable spirit in the face of adversity. A huge congratulations once again to University of Nottingham Taekwondo club’s members, supporters, to University of Nottingham Sport and UoN Students’ Union staff, and their club coaches and club committee, led by 2020-21 president Darius Davidson.

The University of Birmingham win the Dr. Un-Young Kim Club of the Year Award for the academic year of 2019-20. This year’s nominees were particularly closely contested – it has been Birmingham’s high performance across a broad range of activities that edged out their impressive win. The club’s consistent membership growth and expansion of specialised coaching to accommodate for their members has paid dividends. The judges also noted the delivery of training options tailored to individual members, consistent improvement and competition success across multiple disciplines, and the consistently high administrative and leadership performance demonstrated by their club committee. Congratulations once again to University of Birmingham Taekwondo’s members and support staff, coaching staff, and the club committee led by president Fabian Burkhardt.

The University of Bath Taekwondo Club have retained their title as Club of the Year for 2019! Going from strength to strength in competition performances, Bath’s team have progressed from 38th in the overall team rankings in 2017 up to 6th in 2018, topping that result with a record 2nd place finish in 2019. This was further underlined by a 1st place finish in the Indomitable Team Trophy rankings (based on average points per athlete) and the joint highest number of European Universities Sports Association (EUSA) Championships qualifying student-athletes, demonstrating the quality of their squad. Performance was only part of the equation, with the club continuing to develop new activities and secure new sponsorship, handily top their SU’s membership targets, taking action to enhance welfare and inclusivity, while the club’s committee and coaching team delivered a extensive number of taught sessions.  Above all, the club have continued to innovate and experiment year round, with impressive drive to improve their offer to members. Congratulations to all club members, coaches, university and union staff, and to the club committee led by chair Jae Lee.

The University of Bath Taekwondo Club have come out on top for the 2017-18 academic year in a highly competitive field. Their members achieved not only a top 10 overall team points finish this year from over 50 universities total, but a highly impressive year on year improvement, rising from 38th in the final team ranking in 2016-17 to their 6th place finish in 2017-18. Their competition results were matched by impressive achievements off the mat, including membership growth, multi-discipline training offer, partnership working and fundraising successes. Congratulations to the club’s members, their coaching staff, university and union support staff, and club committee led by chair Sameh Hussain.

University College London win the inaugural University Taekwondo Club of the Year Award for the academic year spanning 2016-17. The judges were impressed with the club’s ability to attract a high number of new members while keeping a focus on individual members, effective leadership of the club committee, and sustained winning competition performances across all disciplines and grade divisions. Congratulations to UCLU Taekwondo’s members, their coaching staff, their department, and the club committee led by president Chaneil Patel.

About the award

The British Student Taekwondo Federation are delighted to invite submissions for the Dr. Un-Yong Kim Club of the Year Award. The award will highlight the hard work and dedication of club committees across the country, celebrating those who have provided an outstanding service to their members, to student taekwondo and to the wider community!

Developing an exceptional club requires an exceptional effort from its elected committee, club members and coaches. The winning club will have excelled in numerous aspects of club management, demonstrating achievements such as: year on year improvements as well as absolute achievements across all categories; a highly organised and active club committee; a high quality of service provided for members at all levels; promoting diversity and equality; well managed finances and a detailed development plan; the development of committee members’ skills; providing a high number of training opportunities and gradings; providing novel opportunities for members; achieving high participation and retention rates for new members; supporting community Taekwondo clubs; running fundraising and volunteering activities; exceptional competition performances across disciplines (sparring and patterns) and divisions; hosting and management of events open to all university clubs; and exceptional taekwondo etiquette and team spirit.

The Dr. Un-Yong Kim Club of the Year Award is named in remembrance of Dr. Un-Yong Kim, former IOC vice president, founding president of World Taekwondo Federation and Kukkiwon, global sports leader and diplomat. Dr. Un-Yong Kim is widely known as the “father of Olympic Taekwondo” for having made the greatest of all individual contributions to the development and recognition of taekwondo as an Olympic sport. The award celebrates an exemplary university club committee that have has made a significant contribution to their members on and off the court, nurturing and growing university taekwondo through their passion and organisational excellence this year.


Clubs presidents are invited to nominate their club for the award by May 31st each year. Your submission must describe your club’s recent activities and achievements in no more than 1200 words (excluding appendices and links to publications you wish to highlight).

Submissions are evaluated across 37 categories within four themes, here are some examples: Engagement (numbers of students attending taster sessions, total membership, percentage membership growth, accessibility), Development (total sessions provided, sessions run 12 month of year, coach development, corner judge development, major equipment purchases), Performance (athlete bursary holders, squad development, S&C provision, overall competition results and improvements in results) and Management (committee member training, successful fundraising and funding bids, entry fee subsidies provided for members, bespoke projects run).

After we receive the nominations we shall shortlist finalists and contact their respective sports departments to discuss the clubs’ achievements in more detail.

The winning club will be announced through our media channels. The announcement will typically be made at the start of the new academic year to maximise the winning club’s promotional opportunities when recruiting new members! We will also share an accompanying press release for you to share with your institution’s union/ sports department, student newspaper, and any other sponsors, departments or media outlets you wish to distribute this to.

We look forward to receiving your submission and wish you every success in taking your club and student Taekwondo from strength to strength in the coming year!