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England call-up for Sandwell kickboxers

Published 26th September 2017

England call-up for Sandwell kickboxers

Two talented kickboxers from Sandwell will represent England at home and abroad next month.

Ten-year-old Harvey Adlam and 24-year-old Arron Walker will be representing their country in two international combat competitions.

They will compete in the International Combat Organisation (ICO) World Cup in Birmingham and then four days later in Italy, at the Unified World Championships in October 2017.

Harvey, who is from Cradley Heath, has been training since he was six. Last year he picked up two silver and a bronze medal at the Unified World Championships plus a bronze medal from the International Combat Organisation (ICO) British championships earlier this year.

Arron, from Rowley Regis, as well as being Harvey’s coach is competing himself.

He’s been training since the age of eight and moved into coaching when he was 16, setting up React Martial Arts where he runs weekly sessions for all abilities.

Arron and React Martial Arts are part of the Rowley Community Activity Network which works to bring together all organisations across Rowley Regis to provide everyone with the opportunity to get active and healthy through sport and physical activity.

Sandwell Council's cabinet member public health and protection Councillor Elaine Costigan said: "It's great to see homegrown talent competing at such a high level and we wish Arron and Harvey the best in their events next month."

For more information about React Martial Arts, which is based at  St Michael’s School at Rowley Learning Campus, call Arron on 07539 383 299.