A youth sports programme, funded by the National Clubs for Young People charity, is being delivered in a north Northumberland town.
Amble Community Sports Development Centre, formerly the Amble Boys’ Club, will be offering the sessions to youngsters aged 10 to 18.
The first programme is an introduction to boxing which is designed to integrate sport alongside community values.
Although there is no contact boxing, the discipline to become fit sits alongside such areas as citizenship and anti-bullying awareness.
Centre chairman John Kelly is delighted that the club, by the town’s Percy Street roundabout, will be providing the sessions for the community.
He said: “With the regeneration of the centre well underway now, it is a great opportunity for the club to start delivering community-based projects to our target audience, which is youths between 10 and 18.
“The classes are mixed and it is free, so the kids can come along to learn a new sport, but also life skills that can benefit in them in all areas.”
The equipment for the programme, which was funded by a grant from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest, allows all participants to get the most from the scheme.
Peter Withey, treasurer of the club, said: “Without the grant from the county council’s Community Chest, we would not be able to provide these types of sessions.
“We are extremely grateful to the county council for supporting our goals in this rural area.”
The programme is being delivered by Forest Hall Boxing Club.
Peter added: “Although the centre is not a registered boxing club, if the kids do show an interest in taking it further, the committee has some strong links with the professionally-run local clubs who we can feed them into, like Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club or North Northumberland Amateur Boxing Club at Hadston.”
The programme is on for another three weeks.
Sessions are on Tuesdays, from 6.30pm to 8pm, at the club.
The initial funding is for this period, although the centre has been nominated to run the pilot of a new Street Golf scheme for six weeks, which would start in May.