EKF England National Junior Kata Coach - Aimee Sell
Appointment as National Junior Kata Coach
After successfully establishing the new England Kata Youth Team setup and being named as the head Kata Youth Team coach, I am pleased to announce that I have now also been appointed by the Board of the English Karate Federation to the position of England National Junior Kata Coach.
The role of Junior Coach entails training, coaching and managing Kata athletes from ages of 14 years to 20 years. The National Senior Kata Coach will be Jonathan Mottram who will be responsible for all aspects of the National Senior Kata Squad. James Scanlon will continue to assist myself with both Youth and Junior Squads providing some continuity to the new Kata development structure.
With the new World Karate Federation category changes for the U21's, this means we have the potential as a England Junior Squad to have male and female competitors in the 14-15 years Cadet, 16-17 years Junior and 18-20 years U21 individual categories, a male and female 14-17 years Junior Kata Team plus the new 18-20 years U21 Kata Team.
My new appointment means that I now have dual responsibility to bring through the Kata athletes from the Youth Squad from 10 year olds right through to under 21 level. This allows me to tie in the Kata Youth Squad athletes with a pathway directly into the Junior 'A' Squad from where the England Squad competitors will be selected.
I start off my new duties with the pre-training of the selected Junior Kata Squad for the forth-coming Junior European Karate Championships in Bulgaria in February 2017 where I will be attending as the National Kata Coach. 2017 is going to be a fantastic year for Kata. Looking forward to it.
I would like to thank EKF Performance Directors Paul Simmonds and Peter Consterdine, and indeed the whole Board of the EKF for the appointment and for showing their confidence in me.
National Youth and Junior Kata Development Structure and Pathways