Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi Kağıt Spor Kulübü
|Motto||Club of champions|
|Purpose||Sport: football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, weightlifting, martial arts, athletics, ice hockey|
|Dr. Ali Yeşildal|
| Active departments of|
Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt S.K.
|Skeet and trap||Taekwondo||Volleyball|
The Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi Kağıt Spor Kulübü, aka Kocaeli BB Kağıtspor, is a multi-sports club sponsored by the Metropolitan Municipality of Kocaeli in Turkey. It was originally founded in 1937 as "İzmit Kağıtspor", a sports club of the state-owned SEKA Cellulose and Paper Works in Izmit, Kocaeli. Club colors are blue and white. Current club president is Dr. Ali Yeşildal, who is also the chairman of the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation.
Already in the beginning, İzmit Kağıtspor operated also branches like rowing and sailing and won also many international titles in athletics, sport wrestling and boxing. Merged in 1987 into "Kocaeli Belediyespor" and renamed, the club expanded fast since then and is active in 30 sports branches with a total of 2,453 athletes as of 2007, making it one of the biggest sports clubs of Turkey. Its amateur and professional individual sports people and teams of various branches are very successful at domestic and international events as well. The total number of sports people licensed by the club competing for Turkey's national teams amounted to 155 in 2007. The 2007-2008 budget of the club is TRY 2.2m (about US$ 1.76m).
Some of the 30 branches the club sponsors are:
- Athletics (men's, women's)
- Basketball (men's, women's)
- Figure skating
- Ice hockey (men's, women's)
- Karate (men's, women's)
- Skeet and trap
- Volleyball (men's, women's)
- Weightlifting (men's. women's)
- Hülya Baştuğ - world-class female mountain runner (2007)
- Abdil Ceylan (born 1983), long-distance and marathon runner
- Meryem Erdoğan (born 1990), female long-distance runner
- Nagehan Gül (born 1985), female amateur boxer
- Fatih Keleş (born 1989), 2011 European champion in lightweight division
- Selçuk Eker (born 1991), amateur boxer
- Yıldız Aras (born 1977) - World (2000, 2006), European (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009)
- Gülderen Çelik (born 1980) - World (2004), European (2003, 2005, 2007, 2012)
- Hüsniye Gürel - 2008 European female youth champion
- Serap Özçelik (born 1988) - European (2011, 2012)
- Tuba Yenen (born 1991) - European (2013)
- Karate men's team - 2007 European champion
- Bahri Tanrıkulu (born 1980), 2001, 2007 and 2009 world champion in 87 kg. 2000, 2002 European and 2005 Universiade champion.
- Hatice Kübra Yangın (born 1989), 2011 world female bronze medalist in 53 kg. 2008 and 2010 European, 2011 Summer Universiade champion
- Sibel Şimşek (born 1984), 2010 European women's weightlifting champion
- Gülnaz Yanık - 2007 European female junior champion
- Özlem Becerikli (born 1980), 2012 Paralympics bronze medalist female powerlifter
- Tuğba Karademir (born 1985), first ever Turkish Olympic female figure skater (2006)
- Arzu Özyiğit (born 1972), female basketbaler
- Ice hockey men's team - 2007 Turkish Ice Hockey Super League champion
- Necati Uyar (2005-01-25). "Kent Yazıları - Yönet, batır, kapat...". Evrensel (in Turkish).
- "Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi'nin kulübü Kağıtspor, 'sporcu fabrikası' gibi çalışıyor" (in Turkish). Zaman. 2007-10-05.
- Timur Soykan. "Bir tarih kapanıyor: SEKA". Tüm Gazeteler (in Turkish).
- "Kağıtsporlu Hülya, Dünya İkincisi Oldu" (in Turkish). Özgür Kocaeli. 2007-09-19.
- "Tuğba, Avrupa'da Gururumuz Oldu" (in Turkish). Özgür Kocaeli. 2007-01-29.
- "Buz Sporunda Artık Türkler de Var" (in Turkish). Özgür Kocaeli. 2007-04-30.
- "Buz Hokeyinde Avrupa Sınavı Eylülde" (in Turkish). Özgür Kocaeli. 2007-07-05.
- "Büyükşehir Kağıt Karatede Avrupa Şampiyonu Oldu" (in Turkish). Özgür Kocaeli. 2007-06-11.
- "Tuba Yenen de Avrupa Şampiyonu" (in Turkish). Özgür Kocaeli. 2008-02-20.
- "Büyükşehir'e Altın Madalya" (in Turkish). Özgür Kocaeli. 2008-02-17.
- "12'den Vurmak İçin Yarıştılar" (in Turkish). Özgür Kocaeli. 2007-05-07.
- "Taekwondocular Balkan Şampiyonu". Gölcük Haber (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-05-22.
- "Yanık, İtalya'dan 3 Altın ile Döndü" (in Turkish). Özgür Kocaeli. 2007-09-01.
- "Şimşek, Avrupa 2'ncisi Oldu" (in Turkish). Özgür Kocaeli. 2007-04-20.
- "Karatecilerin hedefi Avrupa Şampiyonası" (in Turkish). Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi. 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
- "Karetede 3 Avrupa şampiyonluğu". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
- "Milli halterci Özlem Becerikli'den bronz madalya". Türkiye Gazetesi (in Turkish). 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
- "Potadan Haberler-Dişi Kartal'dan dört imza" (in Turkish). Fto aç. 2004-07-17. Retrieved 2011-04-03.