Backwell teenager gets English karate call-up

PUBLISHED: 15:35 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:35 04 February 2015

Backwell Karate.

Backwell Karate.


Steven Connell, a member of Backwell Karate, has been selected for the KUGB England squad.

BACKWELL Karate member Steven Connell is celebrating after having been selected for the KUGB England squad.

The 17-year-old took a spot on the English Kata squad and now has a chance to represent England at the European Shotokan Karate Championships, which take place in England this year.

Steven, who started karate in 2004 at the age of seven, is only the second person in Backwell Karate’s history to have earned a place on the national squad.

He will now attend regular squad sessions at the famous Liverpool Red Triangle Karate Club, under the tuition of the Karate Union of Great Britain’s chief instructor, Sensei Andy Sherry.

Throughout the year, Steven (pictured with his squad mates) will have plenty of opportunities to impress on the run up to the European Championships, with the first being a home nations international at the end of this month.

His instructor, Tim Griffiths, was delighted with his selection: “It’s fantastic for our other members to see their club mates succeeding and I hope this will inspire many of them over the coming months and beyond.

“Steven has been making some great progress over the last few months, with his technique is improving all the time. Places on the team for internationals are hard won, but with the right attitude and hard work it’s something that is certainly within his reach.”

Both Nailsea Karate and Backwell Karate offer lessons for both adults and children who are looking for a balanced, traditional martial art and also caters for those interested in the competitive side of the art.

For more information and to find out how to get started visit either or

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