Great News for Prokick Kickboxing Club
KICKBOXING in Northern Ireland took a huge leap
forward yesterday when the Belfast City Council’s Support
for Sport initiative backed Billy Murray’s Prokick Gym.
The gym run by the former world champion in the east of the city
won a substantial award from the council scheme which aims to boost
sports clubs and access to sport in the city.
On Tuesday, Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Wallace Brown, will
officially hand over a cheque to Prokick Gym and witness for himself
the positive role the outlet plays in the city.
The Lord Mayor will be entertained by a demonstration in the art
of kickboxing by the gym’s younger members, some of whom are
just five years old!
The recognition from the City Council is, according to Billy Murray,
another step toward his dream of seeing kickboxing become an Olympic
“I have been fighting, coaching and promoting for 25 years
and, finally, a prestigious body like the Belfast City Council has
come on board and welcomed the work we do at Prokick,” said
“I have campaigned with the Northern Ireland Sports Council
to come on board and recognise the sport too, that’s my next
plan. The Belfast City Council has actually helped kickboxing throughout
Northern Ireland because it has been so supportive.
Murray is currently lobbying the International Olympic Committee
(IoC) to have kickboxing installed as an Olympic sport.
He is convinced that with kickboxing at the Games, Great Britain
and Ireland will add to Gold medal hauls.
“We are breeding faster than any other sport in Northern
Ireland with our members coming from all communities here. Our motto
is Truth, Discipline, Respect and if the students who come in leave
with those qualities, we have achieved. That’s what the city
council has recognised.
“Kickboxing is the fashion and more and more of my students
are becoming attracted to the competitive side of the sport. If
we had an Olympic target I have no doubt there would be more gold
medals coming home.”
TRUTH * DICIPLINE * RESPECT
Prokick HQ Tel. 028 9065 1074
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