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I visited the Pat Benson Boxing Academy, Unit 2, 50 Adderley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4ED.
I wanted to find out how the Academy worked with young people and connected with the local community. Over 300 children have been touched by their 'tough love' approach and it seems to work with many returning week after week and every summer.
One of their stars is Claire, a local mum who piled on the weight after child birth, so she plucked up the courage and visited the gym. After lots of aching muscles, great determination and encouragement from the trainers she lost 8 stone. Fantastic, you rock Claire, well done.
The principal coach is Pat Benson (Junior) who is expanding the community connections so Claire is now providing a Ladies Only coaching class for Muslim ladies at their own venue.
The gym has training session for all groups the young, elderly and ladies.
Pat has encouraged local schools to bring along classes of children to experience the gym discipline. The teachers were very surprised to see even the most ill disciplined children accepting the rules of the gym and doing press ups and sit ups on direction.
So it is very disappointing to find out that funding has been drastically cut. This is an example of the type of community venture that should be supported to provide alternative activities in the community.

1/7/2013 01:05:09 am

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