Hundreds of young people have had their achievements celebrated at Blacon Boxing Club’s inaugural awards night.
Since forming last year, the club has become increasingly popular with around 200 members aged between seven and 17 signed up.
Training sessions take place for all abilities twice a week at the indoor hall at Blacon Adventure Playground, which is managed by Avenue Services, with budding fighters put through their paces by qualified boxing coaches.
To mark their progress over the past months, each member was presented with a certificate for their commitment at the club’s first awards night, an event attended by Chester MP Chris Matheson.
Some were also handed special recognition awards, including one boy who has been accepted back into mainstream education following exclusion after the sessions helped him improve his behaviour.
Club coach Ross Broadbent said: “It is fantastic to see the progress being made by the club members, the vast majority of whom have no boxing background.
“As well as encouraging fitness and healthy lifestyles, sessions teach discipline and promote respect for others.
“By setting up at the Adventure Playground and working with Avenue Services, we are able to provide a valuable activity for the people of Blacon.”
Blacon Adventure Playground, in Kipling Road, is one of the most popular attractions in the neighbourhood, open throughout the year and also featuring an urban farm.