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Operation WarriorMaverick Veterans has launched a new initiative called “Operation Warrior” with the aim to provide support and opportunities for Veterans of the British Armed Forces. Many veterans encounter problems upon leaving the forces with poor mental and physical health and low self-confidence key amongst them, some find it hard to adjust to a new and less structured environment struggling to find their way. This has contributed to a veteran suicide epidemic in recent years. Increasingly, Boxing clubs are becoming excellent community hubs within deprived areas, these areas also often coincide with a high population of veterans. Physical activity has a positive influence on mental wellbeing, increasing motivation and relaxing mood and stress levels. The project will engage and support as many veterans as possible throughout the UK and introduce them to boxing.
The eight week programme will provide free boxing sessions, team building days, guest speakers, and various First Aid and Mental Health courses.
Various studies show that exercise on a regular basis has a number of positive benefits for those that are managing chronic conditions.
Maverick Stars Trust will continue to offer our partnerships the help and support needed to carry on the initiative themselves after the 8 week period.
Dates, expected start and finish of project: Dec 2020/2021 ongoing sustainable project funding dependant.
Operation Warrior has been gaining success since its inception in early 2021, and is currently rolled out among these partnering clubs.
|Stockport, Greater Manchester||Magic Hatton Boxing & Fitness Gym||Curzon Ashton FC Community Foundation|
|Sunderland, Southwick||North Star ABC||Veterans In Crisis (VIC)|
|Burnley||5ways Boxing Academy||Burnley FC in the Community|
|Burnley||5ways Boxing Academy||Healthier Heroes|
|Liverpool||Gemini Gym/Derry’s Gym||Tom Harrison House|
|Liverpool||Derry’s Gym||Liverpool FC Foundation|
|Hereford||South Wye Boxing Academy||South Wye Boxing Academy|
|Preston||Penwortham ABC||Preston FC Community and Education|
|Fylde||Penwortham ABC||AFC Fylde Community|
The aim is to acquire funding to be able to roll out the initiative nationwide, in a bid to help more veterans with their mental, physical and social wellbeing. We hope to encourage the participants to carry on boxing at the gym they have been training at, or continue their fitness with support from Maverick veterans.
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