Wednesday, 4 July 2012
THANET'S YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING FIT
Young people from Ramsgate's Newington estate and Margate’s Millmead estate are being given the chance to receive boxing training - and it's all for free thanks to support from Thanet District Council.
The sessions – which have just started up – take place at the Newington Community Centre and Millmead Hall and, are aimed at local 10 to 17-year-olds who are keen to get fit. All the training is being delivered by qualified boxing tutors James Gregory, Jay Holloway and Andy Morris.
James is Thanet Council's Sport & Leisure Officer, while Jay and Andy grew up on the Newington estate and are known and respected by all the local young people. Both Jay and Andy now work as part-time Sport 4 NRG coaches.
Boxing - which is an Olympic sport - has always captured the imagination of those who wish to emulate legends such as ringside genius Muhammad Ali. But boxing requires a level of discipline that's not for the faint-hearted, and that's one of the many benefits the training sessions will instil in those who take part.
James Gregory said: "The council has a great commitment to the young people of Thanet, and that's why we're supporting these training sessions.
"They provide a great way to keep fit and active and adhere to a healthy lifestyle. But they also enable young people to learn self-discipline and value the importance of respect - both for themselves and others."
He added: "By its very nature, boxing training requires motivation, commitment and genuine effort. If a young person takes part in the sessions, they will have a real sense of achievement and this will give an enormous boost to self-confidence. I encourage anyone who's interested to come along to the free training sessions."
The Sport 4 NRG boxing training sessions take place every Tuesday at Newington Community Centre from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Millmead sessions take place at Millmead Hall, Margate every Wednesday evening from 5pm to 6pm.
Interested parents or guardians should call James Gregory on 01843 577 728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org