The British Kickboxing Council is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of an amazingly talented young athlete Scott Marsden.
The BKC did not sanction the event where this occurred and does not, at the present time, sanction or regulate any Full Contact Kickboxing events for any young persons under the age of 16 years old. The administration and regulation of Full Contact events is the responsibility of the organiser and it is not currently within the remit of the BKC to offer sanctioning and/or control to these events. Individual event organisers have a Duty of Care to provide a safe environment for both competitors and spectators.
The BKC are willing to work with all organisations to provide advice and guidance on the safe practice of all Kickboxing activities and disciplines, but as previously stated, the BKC does not currently provide sanctioning for any Full Contact activities. The BKC are currently applying to Sport England for the Governance of Kickboxing and Freestyle Combat Sports, as the sport is unregulated and the BKC believe that safeguarding procedures need to be a higher priority within the sport. Incidents such as this fully support the BKC’s application for Governance and demonstrate why this sport needs regulation. The BKC will work closely with the NSPCC’s Sports Unit and will be taking further advice in relation to this matter from the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time and we remain committed to doing whatever we can to ensure that this remains an isolated incident.
Please direct any queries regarding this matter to our Chief Safeguarding Officer, Klaire Heap, via firstname.lastname@example.org.