We’re now well into our 2nd season of Grassroots Kettlebells and in all honesty I can’t believe how much we have grown.
Initially Grassroots Kettlebells was going to be a small Yorkshire inter-club league. With Chris Guyll based at BigKat in Harrogate, Dave Moore based at Dominus in York and myself at the time based at my gym in Hull.
Which between us didn’t cover much area at all. In the beginning we were looking at ways to increase the popularity of the sport in our local area whilst having the opportunity as gym owners to earn a little extra on occasions when our gyms were usually closed or quiet (Sundays mainly).
At the risk of sounding a little organised and professional here we did spend sometime coming up with what we thought was a fair scoring system, then testing it on previous competition results.
I won’t lie I felt a little apprehensive about what other more experienced lifters out there would think of our score system. I mean you have us 3 stooges from Yorkshire at the time having at most 3 years of lifting each under our belts wanting to introduce a new format of competition to the kettlebell community.
In fact there was one Facebook conversation that probably pushed us forward and that was with Abi Johnston from the Barbreck Studio / Scottish Kettlebell Club. I think by this point we had already branded our format before asking what she thought and to my surprise and excitement it was Abi who told us we should run with it on a bigger scale as it could be much bigger than just Yorkshire.
Only last week we were chatting with Abi and Eddie Sheehan of Three Rivers Kettlebell Club about kettlebell sport in the UK and Ireland when Eddie made a comment about how Grassroots Kettlebells is exactly what is needed over here.
It is great to now have the Association of Kettlebell Sport Ireland (AKSI) onboard this year hosting 4 competitions on the otherside of the Irish Sea.
Only this week I woke up to see we’d had a small mention in a blog post by Bob Garon II of Synergy Kettlebell in Illinois. For me its not so much we had a mention but the fact we’re in a list with the big boys of kettlebell organisations. Have a read here, we’re the one without an acronym GKL or GrKL just doesn’t sound the same as Grassroots Kettlebell League now does it 😉