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Shiregreen boxing sessions deliver knockout blow to inactivity

18 January 2018
Shiregreen residents can get involved in free weekly boxing classes.

Shiregreen residents can deliver a knockout blow to inactivity by trying their hand at boxing.

Free weekly classes are taking place at St James and St Christopher Church, in Bellhouse Road, as part of Sanctuary Housing’s Love Sport initiative.

The non-contact sessions are led by experts from Sheffield Boxing Centre and are open to all residents aged 14 and over who live in the S5 postcode.

They take place every Friday between 6-8pm, with the final session on 23 March.

As well as encouraging residents to try something new, it is hoped the sessions will encourage people who don’t normally exercise to develop a regular sporting habit.

Glyn Rhodes MBE, of Sheffield Boxing Centre, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Sanctuary to encourage more residents in Shiregreen to take part in sport in their community.

“Boxing is a fantastic way to stay in shape and these sessions are suitable for people of all fitness levels and experience, so come along and give it a try.”

The Love Sport initiative is taking place in neighbourhoods around the country and aims to engage more than 2,250 residents in sport and fitness activities.

Sanctuary’s financial commitment to the five-year programme has been matched by Sport England, through National Lottery investment, to help deliver the sessions.

Melanie King, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, commented: “Love Sport is all about encouraging people to try something new and reaching out to those who don’t usually take part in exercise.

“The boxing sessions are a great opportunity for our residents to see the benefits of sport and fitness and will hopefully help them lead healthier lives for years to come.”

To find out more about Love Sport visit our Love Sport page or get involved in the discussion by using the hashtag #LoveSport on Twitter.

For more information about the Shiregreen boxing sessions, email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or call 0800 131 3348.

This project is part of Sanctuary’s Community Investment programme, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.