Admiral help Welsh Contact Karate Association take on the world

Welsh Contact Karate Association (WCKA) Caerphilly made it to the WKU Martial Arts World Championships, with help from local employer Admiral.

WCKA Caerphilly train adults and children in martial arts and organise some of the biggest open competitions in Wales. They received £400 from Admiral to help fund transport and accommodation for members of the club to travel to Athens and take part in the WKU Martial Arts World Championships.

Mark Coakley, who works in Admiral’s Cardiff office applied to the company’s Community Chest Scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities, sports teams and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.

Mark represented Wales at the Championships, winning a silver medal in the Karate Kumite category and a bronze medal in the weapons category. Team Wales came sixth in the world medal table, punching well above their weight on the world stage.

Mark said, “Over the 8 years I’ve trained with WCKA Caerphilly, Admiral has been there to support us. With Admiral’s help, we have been able to buy training equipment and now help getting to competitions. This is very much appreciated, as without them it would have been much harder for us to progress. My son Sam is also a club member and training hard for a British title fight in April this year. Thanks for everything Admiral!”.

Admiral’s Community Chest scheme has been running for over twelve years and gives thousands of pounds annually to local charities and organisations in South Wales.


Pictured - Sam Coakley and Mark Coakley at the WKU Martial Arts World Championships.