“Kickboxing in Co Tyrone is on the way back”
in County Tyrone is on the way back – thanks to the dedication
of a veteran of the sport. William Ferry, a former British kickboxing
champion, had a driving element within the sport in Tyrone during
the late 80's to early 90s.
He and former world champion Billy Murray had brought kickboxing
to Dungannon and established a club in the area. However, Murray
then had to focus on his own fighting career as he moved to Switzerland
and a young family meant Ferry was unable to devote the time needed
to build a growing club.
But, the two men met again recently and decided that the time was
right for Kickboxing to rise again.
“Two things have encouraged Ferry to return,” said Murray.
“He has recently been coaching a class of underprivileged
kids in the Dungannon area and seeing how kickboxing can inspire
self-confidence and self-respect, he felt there was a future for
kickboxing. He also has three young sons who are showing interest
and he wants to coach them properly in the art of kickboxing.
He added: “I’m truly glad that we have the opportunity
to bring kickboxing back west of the Bann. William is the man on
the ground there. He tells me the time is right. I wouldn’t
attempt to re-establish a foothold for kickboxing with anyone but
William Ferry. He loves kickboxing and wants to use it as a Force
for good. Kickboxing is not just about two competitors meeting in
the ring. It’s also about fitness, respect and self-discipline.
We’ve established links in Belfast with the City Council and
the Northern Ireland Events Company. These things don’t come
to any fly-by-night operation. We’ve learnt a lot in the last
number of years and I want to take all this experience down to Tyrone
and add it to what William knows.”
For further information about William Ferry’s club drop us
an email to Prokick@group.tm
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