Posted by Devenia Besant on 18 Apr 2024

Nam Yang Epsom has been building a martial arts based community since moving to Alexandra Park in 1998.  Steve joined Nam Yang, age 6 in 1999. At age 15 he started helping out in classes and when he left school he became an instructor at the club teaching Kung Fu, kickboxing, Tai Chi and lion dance.

After COVID the club was struggling and Steve and his partner Melanie bought the club hoping to bring it back to life.

Hi Steve & Melanie, Tell us more about the club?

When we bought the business 2 years ago we had to vacate the premises as the council deemed it no longer fit for purpose.

Since then we have continued teaching kung fu, kickboxing and tai chi to our members and local community renting halls from 3rd Epsom Scouts and Glyn School. Their help has allowed Nam Yang Epsom members to carry on training, seeing their friends each week and taking part in an activity they both love and enjoy.

We take pride in the fact that we have a diverse and multicultural student base. Nam Yang Epsom wants to provide a welcoming, friendly place that gives the opportunity for anyone to take part in our classes and are fully enclusive.

We have also recently included a children’s SEN class and a teens and adults LGBTQ+ self defense class onto or timetable.

Can you tell us more about your return to Alexandra Park?

Our goal from the start was to ensure we could move back in to Alexandra Park and give our community a club they could call home. This benefits more than just our members as having Nam Yang in the park offers another aspect of reassurance and security to the local community. Something that has been missing since we have left the park.

It could also facilitate other small fitness clubs struggling to find a suitable location to run their classes.

You are now fundraising for the building where are you currently at with your efforts?

Epsom and Ewell council have funded us £170,000 towards this project and have approved planning permission to rebuild on the old site.
Bat and tree surveys have been carried out and also a total of three quotes from suppliers.
Unfortunately we are still short of funding and are hoping to raise as much as possible to make this project a reality.

Lastly how can the local community help you with your fundraising efforts?

We have approached Surrey county council for additional funding and are currently going through the process but this also isn’t guaranteed.

If you can’t donate towards our funding then please show your support for our project using the link below:

If you can spare some funds towards to project then please donate directly to our go fund me account.
Any money raised will go directly into a new building or towards equipment.

Any support will be much appreciated 🖤🙏💛

Best of luck with your fundraising and all that you do.

Dee xx


Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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