Well North Enterprises Chairman Lord Andrew Mawson has joined Bradford entrepreneur Mumtaz Khan and members of her Ju-Jitsu club to celebrate the award of their grades after months of training and practice. Over 500 young people from all parts of Bradford attended the celebration event with their parents.
Since 2015, Mumtaz has been supported and mentored by the Well North programme in using her talents to introduce young people from her community of Girlington to sport. She now runs one of the country’s most successful Ju-Jitsu clubs, and is leading on the development of a new national governing body for Ju-Jitsu: GB Ju-Jitsu National Governing Body.
Also attending the ceremony were Liz and Terry Bramall, whose philanthropic Foundation has generously funded Well North Enterprises to pilot an innovative, customised approach to social investment with Mumtaz.
“Mumtaz is a real force of nature,” said Lord Mawson. “Many of the children she has coached have gone on to win national honours and many more have found self-respect and enjoyment from being part of this vibrant and inspiring club.
“It was a pleasure to be part of the grading awards day, and to recognise Mumtaz’s amazing achievement. Her story is a great example of the “learning by doing” approach that Well North Enterprises is committed to, where the experience of participants is the primary driver of how we learn and develop.”
Mumtaz is now branching out and seeking to take her “Onna” brand into new sporting arenas including cycling, walking, boxing, swimming and archery. She is also keen to explore how she can help amateur sports coaches to turn their passion into a sustainable small business, with support from Well North Enterprises.