New club boxes its way through a second successful year

A boxing club set up with funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner is celebrating its second anniversary.

The club based at the Miners Welfare Hall in Cinderford was established in May 2015 and is going from strength to strength with over 60 people of various ages attending the three workout sessions a week.

Michelle Gardiner, chairman of Forest Fighting Fit said: “We are extremely grateful to the Community Safety Partnership for submitting a successful funding bid to the Police and Crime Commissioner and Active Gloucestershire who also provided additional funding which has enabled us to get off the ground and help reduce anti-social behaviour through activity.  

“We are extremely pleased to announce that one of our coaches, Keith Brice has recently gained his ABA Coaching Award. We are all volunteers, including the coaches and we are determined to continue to further develop the club. 

“It’s great to see so many people getting involved. Boxing is all about discipline and it’s a great way to keep fit, so as well as being an exciting sport it has fantastic health benefits.

“One of our young members has struggled with a condition most of his life, but he’s discovered the benefits of boxing have had amazing results on his health. It’s helped him to keep fit and manage his aggressive behaviour.  Since he’s been boxing the discipline side of the sport has helped him control his anger and he’s found that he is able to focus better at school and it has boosted his confidence.  As volunteers seeing a young person turn their life around is extremely satisfying and makes our work worthwhile. 

“The club runs on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings and most Sunday mornings. We always welcome new members and volunteers, so if anyone would like to come along please give me a call on 07790025743 or visit our ‘White Lotus Martial Arts and Fitness’ facebook page for information about the kickboxing sessions and the ‘Forest Fighting Fit’ facebook for information about the boxing sessions.”

Cllr Terry Hale, cabinet member for the community added: “The Community Safety Partnership is pleased to have been able to support the volunteers with the set-up of the club. The volunteers at the club have told us that because of the Police and Crime Commissioner funding it’s been possible to bring boxing into the local community.”   

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire Chris Brierley said: “Anti-social behaviour is always one of those topics that residents raise with Martin and myself when we are out and about in the county. One of the key aims of the Police and Crime plan since 2012 has been about prevention and working with communities to try and tackle the root causes of some of the crimes.  

"Forest Fighting Fit is an excellent example of how a small investment can make a huge difference. When you compare the county to the national figures for anti-social behaviour, it is proof that projects like the boxing club in Cinderford are making a real difference. Well done to all the volunteers and all those involved on the second anniversary, and here’s to many more!”      

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