Pop-up boxing project launched at Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe
A new pop-up boxing project has been launched in Grimsby in an effort to help children living in the most disadvantaged areas of the town.
His goal is to instil a sense of pride and determination in the youngsters.
Fusion Boxing, based at Clee Fields on Ladysmith Road, has launched a scheme inspired by the Tommy Coyle Box Clever project which saw the professional boxer set up temporary boxing gyms in estates across the Humber region.
Wayne Bloy, who runs Fusion Boxing and used to train with the Hull boxer in his fighting days, said he wanted to continue on from where Coyle left off with the project and bring boxing to children who may otherwise not have an opportunity to take part in the sport.
His goal is to instil a sense of pride and determination in the youngsters and help them "get on the straight and narrow" early, so they will hopefully stay out of trouble when they are older.
He says the project has already proved popular, as between 30 and 40 children have attended each session held at the West Marsh Community Centre and the Oasis Hub at Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe.
In one six-week block on the West Marsh, 95 different children took part in the boxing course.
Wayne said: "At Fusion Boxing we have launched a new pop-up boxing project that will see us go into some of the most deprived areas of Grimsby and set up a gym and a ring."
"The project has been inspired in part by the Tommy Coyle Box Clever project, which proved to be very popular but only lasted for six weeks, so we wanted to pick up where it left off and continue giving these kids access to the sport.”
Wayne said in order to run the project on more nights and in different areas, he is looking sponsors and is asking if any businesses in the area are able to support them.
He added: "The project has been funded through grants from the Police and Crime Commissioner, which allows us to do two sessions a week."
"But we want to put on even more in the area and in order to do that, we really need some help with sponsors."
"If any local businesses are able to lend their support to the project we would be very grateful and it will help an awful lot of children in the area."