Modes of support
The BSTF aims to support university Taekwondo clubs to excel in all aspects of Taekwondo and running a successful university sports club. This extends far beyond winning medals, and includes:
- Fightcamps and tournaments for all university students to learn and develop their skills
- Officials course for students and alumni to develop their knowledge and experience as officials
- Volunteering opportunities
- Recognising outstanding clubs’ achievements through the Club of the Year award
- Resources and support for students looking to start new university clubs
- Our online calendar of events to keep clubs up to date on student Taekwondo events
- Our online shop, offering equipment at wholesale prices exclusively to university clubs
- Team management of EUSA European Championships and Games, allowing athletes to focus on performing at their best
- Our AGM where all clubs can get together to discuss student Taekwondo events and new opportunities for clubs
- Certain types of financial support for clubs relating to specific grant funded programmes
- Our social media to keep you in touch with the wider student Taekwondo community
- Impartial advice on any issues you and your club members face in the university sport sector
Support for new clubs
There are often challenges for newly formed university clubs and existing clubs attending Student National Taekwondo Championships Series events for the first time. New attendees may not have developed routines and systems to register, travel and compete at the events that other clubs have had in place for decades, and the events are yet to be established at the planning stage for a club’s annual budgets and schedules. To support new teams looking to join more than 50 universities already attending the Championships Series we offer entry fee support for their first event as listed below.
This programme is advantageous to all member clubs as it reduces barriers to entry for new clubs and new competitors to join the Championships Series, enhancing the depth and breadth of the competition and ultimately helping to manage costs for all member clubs through economies of scale. If you have any queries about the support available for new clubs, or would like to confirm if you institution is eligible, please contact us.
- Clubs may apply for entry free of charge into all disciplines and divisions of a single tournament for a team of 5 or more athletes.
- Athletes receiving this support may enter multiple disciplines, e.g., individual sparring, team sparring, individual patterns, at one event. The support is limited to a single team entering a single event per institution and may not be applied to individual discipline entries across multiple tournaments, or to other club members at future events.
- There is no volunteer quota for a club entering their first tournament (ordinarily a quota of volunteers is required proportional to your entry numbers).
- You will have a one to one point of contact to assist you with event registration and answer any questions you have about the events.
Conditions for applying
- Support is only available to athletes in membership of their students’ union registered taekwondo club.
- A minimum of 5 athletes must be entered in order to ensure a broad benefit is being provided by programme.
- All of the athletes must register an account to generate an ID code used for entry, then a member of staff from your students’ union/ sports department must create an account to complete your teams entry online via the staff portal.
- We must have received no entries into any tournament from any athlete registered at your institution within the past 4 years, counted from the date of the tournament support is being applied for.
- No exceptions are made for clubs not meeting the above criteria. It is crucial that this support be offered on consistent terms and conditions to all new clubs – please contact us to inquire about your club’s eligibility.
Running a University Open Tournament / Varsity Tournament
A few brave clubs take on the task of hosting and organising their own university open tournaments. This can be hugely rewarding experience for the local club organising committee but is a big undertaking, with legal responsibilities for the heath and safety of participants, as well as financial risks to your club.
The BSTF are here to help and are able to provide event insurance, equipment and lots of advice to help make your event a success, including:
- Bespoke tournament insurance – essential cover for events open events i.e., open to students beyond those within your own club or third party association
- Several thousand pound worth of tournament equipment including electronic score systems, TVs and stands, laptops, draw software, card printers, banners, BSTF merchandise, and more
- Help with sourcing experienced officials
- Evaluation of your risk assessment
- Promotion of the event across our networks
- Use of our online entry management system capable of accepting online payments
If your club committee is interested in hosting a university open tournament please contact us today.