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Operation Warrior

Maverick 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 Courses

The eight week programme will provide free boxing sessions, team building days, guest speakers, and various First Aid and Mental Health courses.

Wellbeing

Various studies show that exercise on a regular basis has a number of positive benefits for those that are managing chronic conditions.

The Future

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 launched on a trial basis at Gemini Boxing Gym in Speke, Liverpool. MST joined up with partner Tom Harrison House In Anfield, Liverpool – a specialist facility which provides an addiction recovery programme exclusively for Veterans. As part of their weekly timetable they attend Gemini Boxing Gym for a Boxing and fitness session.

This has been such a huge success that they have now decided to continue the sessions after the eight weeks are up, funded by themselves.

With the success of the trial the sessions are now ready to roll out in the following areas.

Area Gym Partner
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 Club Burnley FC in the Community
Chorley, Lancashire Jennings Boxing Gym  
Sheffield, Boss Box Fit  
Wimborne, Dorset Wimborne  ABC  
Liverpool, Anfield Derrys Gym Tom Harrison House

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.

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.

“Giving back to the men and women who served their country so selflessly”

tony@maverickstars.co.uk     

Registered Charity No. 1179582

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