Based at Gemini Amateur Boxing Club in Speke, the project will take place throughout the summer holidays and provide activities and nutrition for youngsters aged from eight to sixteen. For five hours each day, children will be enjoying sports and games including: boxing, football, basketball, drama, street dance and arts and crafts. There will also be leadership and mentoring sessions.
The programme has been designed to help overcome the combined problems of hunger, inactivity and isolation that some young people suffer when away from the structure and routine of school. Parents will also be encouraged to come along and get involved and also learn more about eating healthily on a budget.
Gemini ABC Head Coach John Rice said: “Unfortunately the holidays can be really hard for a lot of families that are struggling financially. There is nothing for kids to do and with no free school meals, there’s often a shortage of food as well.
“The programme will keep our young people engaged and off the streets. They’ll have fun, learn about nutrition and learn new skills. They’ll also get the chance to go to a local festival where they can interact with their peers from different areas and cultures.”To prepare for the summer, Gemini ABC ran a hugely successful ‘Fit and Fed’ pilot project over the Easter holidays (images attached).
The ‘Fit and Fed’ programme is one of a series of initiatives supported by Maverick Stars. Charity founder Charlotte Gilley said: “We’re helping and advising boxing clubs and individuals throughout the north west and beyond. We want young people to get the best opportunities through boxing, so our partnership with Gemini is a perfect fit.”For more information about Gemini ABC’s ‘Fit and Fed’ programme, contact Mark O’Brien on 07943 215985.