Students Put British Taekwondo in the Picture
Doncaster College media students have been working with
British Taekwondo, the National Governing body of Taekwondo, on a
number of exciting projects over the past few months.
John Stopforth, Programme Coordinator for Performing Arts and
Media at Doncaster College, and a Chief Instructor and 5th Degree
Master in Taekwondo, explained how it all came about.
“Because of my links with British Taekwondo, the President
Master Adrian Tranter was put in contact with me. He said he was
looking to develop a new media branding and was interested in what
our students did and wanted more detail. I explained the courses we
have and how we try to work on projects for companies and clients
where possible to give the learners experience at a practical
He told me of the new digital TV channel he was looking into for
the National Governing Body and how he would like to discuss the
possibility of Doncaster College working as a media partner with
British Taekwondo, developing the channel and content for it.
After a number of meetings between Ian Latham, Assistant
Director of Performing Arts and Media at the College and British
Taekwondo, a Memorandum of Understanding was drawn up between the
two parties to allow the planning for the production to go ahead.
This was signed by George Trow, Principal and Chief Executive of
the College and Master Adrian Tranter, President of British
John continued, “The Memorandum of Understanding between
Doncaster College and British Taekwondo has given the students from
the college an amazing opportunity to work with real clients on a
ground breaking digital media project and offering them truly
vocational experiences from their media courses.”
Students have worked on photographing the British Taekwondo
National Championships and three Moving Image students, twelve TV
& Film students and four Music Technology students recorded the
British Taekwondo national training syllabus part one. They
recorded moves and techniques performed by members of the National
Poomsae team. Students will edit the video footage over the coming
months and Dartfish TV will give them a workshop on editing for the
digital TV channel. During editing, motion graphics will be added
by interactive media students.
In November, Photography students will attend the largest ever
Black Belt grading to record the day’s events for British
Next year in February 2013, Film and TV students will undertake
part two of the syllabus training material recording the remaining
moves and patterns for the TV channel, up to 7th degree Black
It’s a truly win-win scenario for both organisations!