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 15th 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!