On Saturday 20th August USKA Fight Factory hosted it's very first Charity Fight Night Show and showcased 53 of it's fighters in Exhibition bouts in front of family and friends to a packed out room of spectators.
With many of the participants taking part in their very first competitive experience you could sense the nervous energy in the air and this was magnified with the fighters experiencing that big fight atmosphere of having their name announced by the MC, making their way on their ring walk through the crowd, the smoke and the disco lights to the sound of their chosen ring walk music and with their fight pictures projected onto the wall behind the ring.
We had our Ninja's, some as young as 5 years old taking part in body shot boxing bouts with our older students stepping it up to controlled contact Kickboxing bouts.
All the fighters on the day really rose to the occasion performing excellently in the spirit it was intended with it being a fun charity event.
The crowd was amazing getting behind each and every fighter and were super generous donating to our charity buckets throughout the day, purchasing raffle tickets and spending their hard earned cash on our food and refreshments knowing that all of the proceeds would be going to our Charity project for this year of building a Mosque in Uganda that will double up as a community hub that will help many projects within the area that many people will benefit from.
All our Charity effort for this year is in the name and the remembrance of our students Khuzaimah Douglas and Azmat Yaqub who we still hold so very dear to our heart.
We would like to thank each and every fighter, parent, supporter, spectator that turned up and contributing in making the day such a fantastic success and to all the helpers, officials, coaches and organisers which quite frankly were second to none.
Special mentions to the following for their much appreciated support and help...
In no particular order...
Dee Anne Lawrence, Ailbhe Beirne and Aisha Azim our event Co-Ordinators.
Rachel Thompson for our Amazing Balloon Arch for our fighters entrance.
ABRS Roofing for our trophy sponsorship.
Bestway Wholesalers (Redfern Road, B11) for our drinks donations.
Zain Aziz at Picturesque Photography for his fantastic images from the event.
Andrew Hennessy at ICO for our Gazebo and Table loan.
Gavin Burrows at TMA for loan of our Event Lights and Smoke Machine.
Maj Iqbal and Tahir Maroof at Joe's Chicken and Pizza (Tynedale Road, B11) for their delicious Pizza.
Kelly Fisher for our awesome Cakes and Cookies.
Amera and Samera Ali for our delicious Biryani.
The Douglas family for the awesome food and cakes.
Kash Ali at Oaklands MOT Centre (Geraldine Road, B25) for their Car MOT Raffle Prize.
Lucie O'Neil at Tesco for donating some of our Raffle Prizes.
Halima Bibi for some of our Raffle Prizes.
Farhan at Saffran (Castle Bromwich, B36) for our Meal Voucher for our Raffle.
2m's Super Market (Wash Lane, B25) for our Chocolate for our Raffle.
Morgan Dodd for our Personalised Art Print for our Raffle.
Andre Raubiska for our Fight Ticket for our Raffle and Water donation.
Shabir Hussain for his Khamzat 'Borz' Chimaev signed UFC glove for our auction.
Please forgive us if we have failed top mention anyone personally, please if this is the case charge it to our heads and not to our hearts.
We are still collating our final totals of funds raised but as we speak we are very proud and pleased to announce that we are currently around the £6000 mark with is absolutely incredible.
If you would like to make a donation to our project please click the following JustGiving link...
Thank you all so much and God bless you all
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