International selection joy for Shotokan club

Harrogate Shotokan and Boston Spa Karate Club members Melissa, Ashley, Joe Hart, Emelye, Jordan, James, Callum, Craig, Tom, Joe Finaly and World Coach Antonio Seba 8th Dan

Harrogate Shotokan and Boston Spa Karate Club have had tremendous news this week, with nine members selected to represent England in the upcoming European Karate Championships.

The championships, which are to be held in Turin, Italy, will see Europe’s finest karate competitors competing for the title of European Champion.

Ashley Scott, Jordon Probst, Melissa Finlay, Joe Finlay, Joe Hart, James Brown, Tom Little, Callam Payne and Emelye O’Brien are all training hard at the clubs, based at Harrogate High School and Boston Spa School ready for the tournament in September.

“To have nine international competitors from the Harrogate area is an amazing achievement,” said club instructor and former European Champion, Sensei Matt Price.

“I am sure they can bring back some more silverware to the region.”

Also selected is Craig Williams who is not a member of the Harrogate/Boston club but trains there weekly travelling from Nottingham.

Anybody interested in starting karate can contact Zoe Price on 07864 888149 or email

Alternatively visit sthe club website at

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