Martial arts group needs votes

Charlie Featherstone
Charlie Featherstone

A MARTIAL arts instructor says he is “humbled” after he and his group were nominated for a national award.

Charlie Featherstone and the Hartlepool-based North East Tang Soo Do Academy have been shortlisted for the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Awards.

The programme is in its fifth year and promotes the best activities from throughout the UK – both for kids and adults.

It is the first time the organisation has held awards and all nominations have been made by the public.

Mr Featherstone has been put forward in the Most Outstanding Activity Instructor category and North East Tang Soo Do Academy is a nominee in the Best Local Sports, Health and Fitness and Best Activity Provider categories.

All received at least three nominations and were put through to the national voting stage.

Now they need votes to win the their groups with people having until Monday to register their support.

Mr Featherstone, who is chief instructor with the group, said: “I am very humbled by the nominations and truly believe that everyone has great potential to achieve their goals if they are given genuine encouragement and support.

“My role is to ensure everyone who walks through the door of the Academy are supported from day one in their quest to achieve their full potential and beyond.”

His academy is described as providing martial arts and fitness classes that encourage people to become more active and live healthier lifestyles.

They are held at Owton Manor Primary School, Lynnfield Primary School and the Stranton Centre.

To vote, people can log on to

The winners will be announced on November 30.