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BLK BOX and GB Taekwondo unveil new stage for Paris 2024 Olympic glory

22 Nov 2023
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BLK BOX was the partner of choice for the design, fit out and install of GB Taekwondo’s new high-performance gym, as the team prepares for the Olympics in Paris 2024.

The vision was to create a training space to meet the needs of high-performance Olympic combat athletes. The result is an iconic and inspirational training space that will foster growth and success on both national and international stages.

The new facility marks a pivotal moment in the progression of GB Taekwondo as a sporting institution, marrying the world of strength and conditioning with that of combat sports to create a world-class training space, home to elite athletes competing in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

GB Taekwondo's performance director, Gary Hall MBE, said: “BLK BOX inspired us with its ideas and worked hand in hand with the team to see the project to fruition.

“The space gives a boost to the GB Taekwondo athletes as they prepare for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. We now have a strength and conditioning space that is tailored to the physical demands of Taekwondo, gives us the capability to deliver diagnostics for combat athletes and is fit for performance.”

The facility layout was meticulously designed to support the unique demands of combat training.

At its heart lies two full-size octagons which allow for skill-based work to be intertwined with traditional strength and conditioning.

BLK Box Fusion flooring was then utilised to seamlessly integrate the Octagons to provide trip free environment for athletes. This particular flooring was selected due to its dual durometer construction which allows it to absorb the impact forces of weightlifting yet retain the comfort under foot required for combat training.

In addition to seamless flooring solutions BLK BOX created a bespoke 6-Pod system comprising of four Full Racks with Nexus Cable integration and two instrumented testing racks for diagnostic testing and performance.

As Taekwondo is an individual sport, each pod allows for an athlete to work with their individual coach and have everything they need to conduct an effective session within arms reach.

Consistent with BLK BOX's attention to detail, each rack has been customised through colours and branding to compliment GB Taekwondo’s strong visual identity.
Miles Canning, commercial director at BLK BOX, added: “We were delighted to partner with GB Taekwondo on this iconic project. At BLK BOX, we specialise in creating high-performance environments. This project was very much focused on performance and creating a space for the athletes to prepare for the Olympics in Paris 2024.

“Working on solutions specifically for combat athletes was a fresh challenge, but through collaboration with the coaching team at GB Taekwondo and utilising our engineering capabilities, we have developed a concept which we collectively believe will make a positive impact for the future of GB Taekwondo.”

Based at the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester, the new home of the GB Taekwondo athletes was officially unveiled on 8 November by Paul Buxton (CEO), with representatives from BLK BOX in attendance to see the end of result of what was a truly rewarding experience.

Both organisations are excited about the potential impact of this collaboration on the future of Taekwondo in the UK and beyond.
The partnership symbolises a shared commitment to excellence, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of athletic success.

To find out more about BLK BOX projects and product, visit the company’s
official website.
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Tel: 028 9045 4123
Address: 4 Cloughfern Ave, Newtownabbey , Antrim, BT37 0UB, United Kingdom
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BLK BOX and GB Taekwondo unveil new stage for Paris 2024 Olympic glory

22 Nov 2023
/ BLK BOX
BLK BOX was the partner of choice for the design, fit out and install of GB Taekwondo’s new high-performance gym, as the team prepares for the Olympics in Paris 2024.

The vision was to create a training space to meet the needs of high-performance Olympic combat athletes. The result is an iconic and inspirational training space that will foster growth and success on both national and international stages.

The new facility marks a pivotal moment in the progression of GB Taekwondo as a sporting institution, marrying the world of strength and conditioning with that of combat sports to create a world-class training space, home to elite athletes competing in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

GB Taekwondo's performance director, Gary Hall MBE, said: “BLK BOX inspired us with its ideas and worked hand in hand with the team to see the project to fruition.

“The space gives a boost to the GB Taekwondo athletes as they prepare for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. We now have a strength and conditioning space that is tailored to the physical demands of Taekwondo, gives us the capability to deliver diagnostics for combat athletes and is fit for performance.”

The facility layout was meticulously designed to support the unique demands of combat training.

At its heart lies two full-size octagons which allow for skill-based work to be intertwined with traditional strength and conditioning.

BLK Box Fusion flooring was then utilised to seamlessly integrate the Octagons to provide trip free environment for athletes. This particular flooring was selected due to its dual durometer construction which allows it to absorb the impact forces of weightlifting yet retain the comfort under foot required for combat training.

In addition to seamless flooring solutions BLK BOX created a bespoke 6-Pod system comprising of four Full Racks with Nexus Cable integration and two instrumented testing racks for diagnostic testing and performance.

As Taekwondo is an individual sport, each pod allows for an athlete to work with their individual coach and have everything they need to conduct an effective session within arms reach.

Consistent with BLK BOX's attention to detail, each rack has been customised through colours and branding to compliment GB Taekwondo’s strong visual identity.
Miles Canning, commercial director at BLK BOX, added: “We were delighted to partner with GB Taekwondo on this iconic project. At BLK BOX, we specialise in creating high-performance environments. This project was very much focused on performance and creating a space for the athletes to prepare for the Olympics in Paris 2024.

“Working on solutions specifically for combat athletes was a fresh challenge, but through collaboration with the coaching team at GB Taekwondo and utilising our engineering capabilities, we have developed a concept which we collectively believe will make a positive impact for the future of GB Taekwondo.”

Based at the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester, the new home of the GB Taekwondo athletes was officially unveiled on 8 November by Paul Buxton (CEO), with representatives from BLK BOX in attendance to see the end of result of what was a truly rewarding experience.

Both organisations are excited about the potential impact of this collaboration on the future of Taekwondo in the UK and beyond.
The partnership symbolises a shared commitment to excellence, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of athletic success.

To find out more about BLK BOX projects and product, visit the company’s
official website.
More press releases and updates from BLK BOX:
BLK BOX announce their collaboration with leading luxury fashion brand, Represent Clothing; a dynamic and visionary new state-of-the-art gym, in the heart of Represent's new 30,000 sq. ft HQ in Manchester.
BLK BOX Fitness, a leading manufacturer of strength and conditioning equipment, has announced that it has secured a significant equity investment from Cordovan Capital Management, a Belfast-based private equity firm.
BLK BOX has partnered with Loughborough University to deliver a world-leading facility for student-athlete performance.
BLK BOX is proud to spotlight their long-standing partnership with Marchon, a brand synonymous with functional fitness and training.
BLK BOX is proud to announce an exclusive global contract to supply functional, free weights, studio, and accessory equipment to PureGym, the UK's largest gym chain.
BLK BOX: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
The right storage can transform the flow and feel of your training spaces and the user experience. Steph Eaves asks the experts for their most creative solutions
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Address: 4 Cloughfern Ave, Newtownabbey , Antrim, BT37 0UB, United Kingdom
Gregory Bradley, sales director
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Gregory Bradley, founder/sales director
Miles Canning, marketing director
Ben Stocks, managing director
Key customers
Alongside a strong portfolio in professional sport boasting 15+ Premiership teams, BLK BOX has been fortunate enough to hold long-standing relationships with some of the world’s leading brands, gyms, and organisations, including:

• Nike,
• Under Armour,
• Adidas,
• REPRESENT,
• Corinthia Hotels,
• PureGym, and
• Gymbox.
Plans for the next 12 months
Over the next 12 months, we will continue to drive product innovation, with a strong focus on enhancing the BLK BOX Nexus Range as well as introducing some exciting new products.

Operationally, we're dedicated to maintaining industry-leading production times, support, and service for our clients.

Additionally, we'll continue investing in our sustainability initiatives, prioritizing sustainable supply and responsible practices in our manufacturing processes, and aligning with our commitment to a more sustainable future.
Testimonial
NIKE – London HQ

"This new location is an amazing environment, with plans to positively impact the community way beyond its perimeter walls. This new strength and conditioning studio will play a pivotal role in supporting this dream.

Working with Miles Canning, Gregory Bradley, and the rest of the BLK BOX team was an absolute joy, and I'm super proud of the legacy that we have left for Nike athletes and, of course, our local London communities, who deserve a premium space to get inspired and work out in."

– Bex Moorhouse, workplace design & connectivity director, Nike
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PUREGYM

"We believe our ongoing partnership with BLK BOX helps us further distinguish our offering in the global market. We have a very clear plan to deliver growth, and we believe our partnership with BLK BOX will help us achieve our aims.

We were very impressed with the functional training zone concept that BLK BOX collaborated with us on, and we are keen on building upon the partnership so we can continue to evolve our product offering for our members."

– Richard Annetts, head of gym format & equipment, PureGym
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LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

"For Powerbase, we aimed to collaborate with specialists in various areas, and BLK BOX emerged as the clear choice in the tender process for several reasons. Their extensive expertise in the performance market, coupled with their ability to glean insights from their work in other sectors, greatly benefits us.

While we were confident in our needs for the facility, partnering with a team that offered solutions and an agile engineering approach proved pivotal. We have tangible examples of innovation and collaboration in this facility, such as tailored accessible storage solutions designed to accommodate the mezzanine's pillars.”

– Rich Ellis, head of gyms and technical relationships, Loughborough University
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