Discover new sport at Kettering boxing sessions

Young people try out boxing at the Sportivate sessions
Young people try out boxing at the Sportivate sessions

A boxing academy set up by former world champion Ricky Hatton is holding sessions in Kettering until April 2 to give teenagers a chance to learn more about, and try out, the sport.

The sessions are part of a national campaign called Sportivate, a Lottery-funded London 2012 legacy project aimed at encouraging young people to discover a new sport.

Kettering Council are working with the national boxing academy Team Hatton to provide boxing sessions as part of Sport England’s Sportivate project.

Team Hatton have been teaching an eight-week boxing and fitness course since February for 13 to 18-year-olds.

The boxing courses cost £2 per person.

Sessions are held at the William Knibb Centre, every Wednesday from 4 to 5pm until April 2.

Boxer Lee Capps, from Team Hatton of Ricky Hatton’s Boxing for Fitness Training Academy, is leading the course. He said: “The young people on the course so far have been fantastic and they have been a privilege to coach.

“The sessions are an opportunity to learn and improve the various disciplines that come with boxing, such as stamina, coordination and skill.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from a Team Hatton boxing professional and to improve fitness, coordination and self-defence.”

Valerie Hitchman, Kettering Council’s head of community service, said: “The boxing classes are a rare and exciting opportunity for those looking to do something different.

“The courses will teach young people the fundamentals of boxing in a fun workout.”

Cllr Jan Smith, portfolio holder for community and culture, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to build rapport and make friends.

“The boxing classes are a brilliant chance for them to learn to protect themselves, build self-confidence and self-discipline and get fit while having fun.”

To book a place on the course, phone Kettering Council on 01536 410333.