AB at Timperley ABC

Young people in Greater Manchester are being urged to get down to their local boxing gym and 'Sting Like a Bee'! The Maverick Stars initiative is already helping hundreds aged 8-25 to get active, learn new skills and meet new mates too.

With the school holidays now upon us, it's never been more important for young people to fill time in a positive manner and have a lot of fun doing it. Along with boxing training, there are opportunities for trips to other activities with our partners: Challenge4Change, Street Doctors and Safety Guide. There are also leadership programmes and coaching qualifications on offer to help up-skill our participants - and we are linking with local businesses to provide apprenticeship opportunites.

Police, councils, schools and other organisations have been referring young people to the programme - and it's all funded by us, so what's not to like? Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is backing 'Sting Like a Bee' and recently visited Timperley ABC to lend his support. The Mayor's incoming free bus pass scheme for 16-18 year olds will also help those travelling to gyms.


The 'Sting Like a Bee' programme was developed in response to the growing knife-crime epidemic and other forms of anti-social behaviours. All ten boroughs of Greater Manchester has a 'key' club(s), so contact your nearest gym or email (charlotte@maverickstars.co.uk) for details.


Manchester: Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club / Collyhurst & Moston ABC

Salford: Bridgewater ABC

Trafford: Timperley ABC

Stockport: Paramount ABC

Tameside: Hyde & District ABC

Oldham: Oldham Boxing & Personal Development Centre

Rochdale: Hamer ABC

Bury: Bury ABC

Bolton: Elite Boxing

Wigan: Majestic Gym

Sting Like a Bee