By Jamie Capstick @jamiecapstick
The “biggest” kickboxing club in Sheffield is fighting back after they were displaced in Sheffield’s Moor Market regeneration plan.
AFK Kickboxing were forced out of their soon-to-be-demolished home on Sidney Street in the City Centre by the council, but have since relocated to The Wicker.
Farshad Ali, head of the new gym, said that despite hesitancies the move could turn out to be a blessing.
“The new gym is bigger, it’s cleaner, it’s got more facilities, including a changing room and a storage room.
“We’re more winners than losers. It might cost a bit more, but I might just bump the subs up by a quid and that’s it”.
However, the new premises would be “more expensive” and “harder to get to”, Mr. Ali admitted.
The club is responsible for fighters such as Andrew Campsill and Yusif Ibrahim, the latter an Iraqi refugee turned Northern Area champion.
The club works within the community to combine martial arts with education, especially with children from poorer backgrounds. Mr. Ali himself is a qualified maths teacher.
It’s hoped by those within the club, which has been described as the “undisputed number-one” in Sheffield, that the new building will give them license to leap forward on both fronts.