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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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