From Wednesday 1 November, Team Academy Huyton will officially become National Taekwondo Club (Liverpool) following successful negotiations to align the club with the UK’s longest-serving club.

NTC Liverpool joins the organisation at a time of continued growth and innovative collaboration and will become the third major city in England to become home to a full-time NTC branch.

Welcoming the new partnership and looking ahead to the future, Gordon Lee of Team Academy, said: “We would like to thank Peter and Lisa Hankin and everyone that has been associated with Team Academy over the last 3 and half years for their continued help and advice which has enabled us to develop our club in the right way and given us great success on and off the mat.

“We greatly appreciate all that you have done for our club.”

The Liverpool branch will remain under its existing leadership, but will see closer collaboration and joint-ventures as the organisation continues to explore new ways of providing the very best facilities to all of its members.

Chief Instructor of the National Taekwondo Club, Mark Moores, added: “I welcome Gordon and Lisa to our expanding and forward-thinking organisation.

“They both bring with them a vast amount of knowledge and experience which I have no doubt will benefit the wider organisation.

“With our joint commitment of providing the very best training available to Taekwondo athletes, as well as providing them with the best opportunities in the sport, I’m confident that this planned merge will only benefit all of those associated with the nation’s longest-serving Taekwondo club”

It’s also understood that the merge will make the National Taekwondo Club one of the largest active British Taekwondo Clubs in the UK, adding to existing branches in Coventry, Nottingham and Chilwell.

Gordon added: “I would also like to thank Mark Moores and NTC for allowing us to join forces with them and we are all looking forward to working together to make NTC the biggest club in Britain.

“Our first competition under the NTC brand will be Horizons 1-1 on Sunday 12 November in Bradford”

The re-branded club will also benefit from the club’s staggering online growth and digital campaigns, which often reaches more than 500,000 online views each month.

You can also stay up-to-date with all of the latest developments from the branch by ‘liking’ their brand new Facebook Page: National Taekwondo Club - Liverpool