A unique initiative which uses boxing gyms to provide opportunities for young people, is celebrating its first group of successful new "leaders'. Ten participants graduated from the course at the Collyhurst and Moxton boxing gym - and received their certificates at a ceremony attended by champion fighters Zelfa Barrett, Lyndon Arthur, and fighter - turned - trainer Thomas McDonagh.
The young people aged between 14-16 and all pupils at Abraham Moss high school in Crumpsall - completed first aid, safeguarding and child protection, along with a 'police community clubs of Great Britain' Olympic boxing leadership award.
The qualifications are part of the maverick stars "sting like a bee" programme which is aimed at tackling anti-social behavior and the knife -crime epidemic. Each of Greater Manchester's ten boroughs now has at least one designated "Maverick" gym which has received funding and support from the charity to help engage and inspire the most "at-risk" young people.
special guest speakers, mentors and external visits to places including: safety Guide, Challenge4Change and Street Doctors, are available for each gym.