Boxing bid to help Mansfield NEETS

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A new boxing promgamme aimed at getting young people off the streets and back into education or employment is being launched in Mansfield.

Impact is a six-week motivational programme for young people aged 16-24, who are not in education employment or training, known as NEETS.

The programme has been set up by the Inspire and Achieve Foundation - a national charity which aims to motivate young people to find ambition and achieve success.

Sessions will run over six weeks, starting on Monday 10th June at St Peter’s Church, in Mansfield, and the Body and Soul boxing gym, in the Handley Arcade, Leeming Street.

Running every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10am to 3pm, the programme covers workshop sessions on topics such as confidence building, healthy lifestyles, building self esteem, and showing respect for others.

Young people who complete the morning sessions will then be rewarded with the boxing training in the afternoon, operations manager Laura Spivey said.

“Many of the young people we deal with have not achieved at school and may be dealing with a lot in their personal lives, such as broken families, drug abuse or criminal convictions,” Laura said.

“The aim of this programme is to get these young people into a position where they are able to consider returning to education, training or employment, and going on to achieve in the future lives.

“We appreciate that many of these people won’t have had positive experiences in school, so the morning sessions are deliberately workshop-based and held away from a formal education setting.

“But participants do need to complete the morning sessions to take part in the afternoon boxing.”

A separate football-based initiative from the charity, called Strike, will be launched in the Mansfield area in July.

For more information on the Impact programme call or text Laura on 07702319977.