25 volunteers launch new Heart of Hayling Boxing Club
“No youngster will ever be turned away.” More than 25 volunteers launch new Heart of Hayling Boxing Club in bid to crack down on the island’s crime.
A new boxing club has been launched on Hayling Island in a bid to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour on the island. Heart of Hayling has been made possible by the support and funding granted by the island’s branch of The Lions Club.
Founders of the scheme hold backgrounds in the military, emergency series, teaching and boxing itself. Knox White from Q Shillingford’s Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy, will mentor more than 25 coaches as they soon will able to guide recruits aged five to 17 through the six levels of boxing awards; from non-contact up to contact.
Volunteers and trainers were seen at the launch event for the Heart of Hayling Boxing Club, funded by the Lions. ‘There is little police presence on Hayling and we wanted to do something to keep kids out of parks at night and off the streets,’ the 44-year-old said. ‘Youngsters can come to us having never put on a pair of boxing gloves before and we will train them from a non-contact level to a point where they can hold their own and box. ‘This club is all about providing a positive pathway and development for young people.
Sessions will run for one hour at Hayling Island Community Centre and welcome’s youngsters in staggered age groups for a trio of sessions. The 13 to 17-year-olds will be up first from 4.30pm until 5.30pm, followed by the five to 13-year-olds from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, before the floor is opened up to ladies of any age from 6.30pm until 7.30pm.
Club coach and co-founder, teacher Mark Coates, said: ‘It's £2 per session, but if you can't afford that feel free to donate any amount. We will never turn a boxer away”.
To find out more about the Heart of Hayling boxing club please find them on Facebook or call 02392 464391.