Women in Hackney stand to be empowered through a series of free self-defence sessions established to help develop new skills, increase confidence and promote good health.
Funded by Sanctuary Housing as part of its Love Sport Initiative, the course is being run in partnership with Sev Necati Training and is open to any female Hackney resident over the age of 14.
Designed to provide women with a fun way to get involved with sport, the sessions will not only introduce them to vital self-defence techniques and moves to enhance their personal safety but also encourages them to stay active.
There are 12 spaces available on the course which will run every Thursday for 12 weeks starting on 9 February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Concorde Centre on Kingsmead Way.
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships officer, said: “These classes should see real health and well-being benefits for Hackney residents.
“We would encourage anyone who wants to feel more confident and learn a new skill in a friendly atmosphere to come along and take part.”
Sev Necati Training proprietor Sev Necati said: “This course is a great way for these women to feel safer, grow in confidence, manage conflict and be more assertive.
“My training programme has been running successfully for many years and we saw it as a great way to reach more women and girls in our local area so they could also benefit.”
Sanctuary’s nationwide Love Sport programme, a partnership with Sport England, aims to engage more than 2,250 people in sport and fitness activities in neighbourhoods across the country.
Sanctuary’s investment in the five-year programme has been match-funded by Sport England, through National Lottery investment, to help deliver the sport and activity sessions.
To take part in the course participants need to register in advance. To sign up, contact Sev Necati Training on email or by phone on: 07050 614 116.