A Man of Many Hats
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause chaos, Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club has come up with an innovative way of keeping its members engaged, fit and healthy.
The Manchester club has been hosting a series of online coaching sessions via Zoom meetings. Head coach Nigel Travis (much to the annoyance of his family) sits in front of his laptop, barking instructions to dozens of young boxers going through drills in tiny boxes on his screen. It's not an ideal situation, according to Nigel, but one that is very necessary.
"It's not about the quality [of the sessions] but about engaging with our kids on a daily basis," he said. "I want the kids to do three sessions a week. It was Ramadan when we started, so I had the kids that were fasting doing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and those that weren't fasting, doing Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday."
With some restrictions now eased, Nigel and the team of coaches from the club are also delivering weekly, socially-distanced, sessions in a local park.
Watch the video below for more on Nigel's ambassador role with Maverick Stars, the club's Food Community Hub work, the progress of GB amateur star Conner Tudsbury along with the return to the ViP gym of Carl Frampton and the rest of the pro fighters.