An events blog post from British Taekwondo’s Events Officer Richard Bungay about his role and experience while working at British Taekwondo.

As the Events Officer I oversee all logistics and planning for both of our national championships, this includes venue, hotel, and personnel. Alongside this I conduct further work on major events and general day to day tasks to keep the department progressing.

I am a placement year student studying Sport Business and Management. This course has allowed me the excellent opportunity to work for British Taekwondo for the last nine months and it has been a brilliant experience so far! In this short space of time I have been lucky enough to be a part of the following events:

  • Two national championships
  • Two world championships
  • A Grand Prix Final
  • And an International Open

With this experience I can now bring fresh ideas to our national championships this year.

Further to this I have experience in other sports such as Volleyball, Athletics and Football which allows me to bring collaborative ideas which have worked in other sports to help improve our national championships and Taekwondo as a whole. With further past experience working as a Sports Officer for Manchester Metropolitan University and Treasurer for the MMU Sport Volleyball Club I have applied myself to set new boundaries and possibilities for the club and company I was a part of.

Currently I am working on the early planning of our two national championships, this includes venue tours and selection. While conducting venue selection it is also part of my responsibility to start all tender processes for any equipment/services we need during our events, this allows us to produce accurate and precise budgets for both events.

British Taekwondo International Kyorugi Open 2023. Photo by J Fowles

While conducting the early planning steps of both national championships it is also part of my responsibilities to work alongside the Events Manager in making progress towards a better Events department, this includes analysing commercial opportunities and how we can make the Events department more visible in the British Taekwondo community.

British Taekwondo Kyorugi National Championships 2023. Photo by J Fowles
British Taekwondo Kyorugi National Championships 2023. Photo by J Fowles

As well as all the future planning work it is also a part of my work to continue some of our ongoing activity around the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final and its legacy. This was an amazing event to be a part of as it allows us to see what is possible with Taekwondo and gives us ideas of how to improve our more regular events and what aspects we should change for when we next hold international and major events.

Manchester 2023 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final. Photo by Sam Mellish

Currently we are also holding debriefs and informative meetings to find out how we can improve the Grand Prix Final and national championships experiences for various stakeholders so that we are able to learn where to improve for our competitions this year.