Eight members of 360-Kickboxing in Ripley are all set to head to Italy after being selected to compete for Great Britain at the World Championships.
They will make up nearly a third of the squad making the trip, having impressed selectors in various qualifying events.
The youngsters, aged between six and 15-years-old, are now seeking sponsorship to help with the costs of travel and accommodation for the WTKA event which takes place in October.
Coach Laura Clark said: “The cost of sending each member is around £1,500, including one parent or guardian, and although kit and food is included there are still a lot of costs to cover.
“Any help would really take the burden off so many people and we’d be really grateful.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the kids to experience a huge competition and meet competitors from around the world.
“We are in the process of organising a sponsored sparing session and bike ride fitness with Ripley Leisure Centre and also bag packing at a local supermarket, which we’re awaiting confirmation for.”
The team, which is based at Ripley Leisure Centre, is also coached by Jim Todd, who has been involved in kickboxing for 20 years and teaching since 2008. He started 360-Kickboxing in 2014 having won three British titles and been an eight-time World Championship medalist, as well as being a multiple national and regional title winner.
Members of the club have been taking part in tournaments up and down the country since late last year.
Those that finished in the top three of their respective events were invited to the WKTA head office where a selection committee then chose the best to represent Great Britain, who will take a team of around 25 to 30 in total.
Anyone wishing to help fund the team can get in touch with Laura Clark via e-mail at email@example.com or telephoning 07714 473985.