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What a fantastic evening?!
On behalf of Switch Up and Nottingham School of Boxing, I would like to personally thank each and every person who helped, supported, volunteered, sponsored, took part in our launch night.
We had boxing, dance performances and rapping all by local Nottingham talent, and have received some really positive feedback from the night.
We are still collecting funds in, but expect to have achieved our target, which was to raise enough money to take a group of young people to Denmark next year, so we are extremely happy!
Congratulations to Paul Hutchinson who won the first prize in our raffle; a weekend car hire donated by t.i.m motors, and Graham who won the £25 meal voucher at Havali and Valari who won that amazing cake! (really jealous)… We hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did? Thanks again to everybody involved.
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Its true… Fortune favours the bold!
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. If we all just sit and do what we are comfortable doing, we will not be striving to achieve better for ourselves.
Be brave, be bold and better yourself!
Just a quick post tonight to praise my boxers for their dedication, respect, teamwork, discipline, and hard work.
Each and every one of them has shown positive attitude and passion for the sport. They have all pulled together like a true "team" to organise and plan the upcoming community boxing tournament.
Well done guys! Proud of you!!
#Proud #Coach #Teamwork #Dedication #Boxing
I have been working with "hard to reach" vulnerable and targeted young people for around 5 years now and have identified a really serious catch 22 situation that needs addressing.
Young people are often getting rejected job applications because of their criminal records. This makes them feel shut out and excluded from society and inevitably forced back in to crime & alternative methods of making money. Widening the gap between sectors of society.
I can identify with these young people because I have been in the exact same situation as them. In fact, if it wasn't for me getting stabbed in a gang attack, I probably wouldn't be where I am today.
Because I was a keen boxer, I felt compelled to learn to rehabilitate my injured hand. I signed up for a "Sports Injury Rehabilitation" college course, which led on to many other interesting subjects and I found myself gaining qualifications and enjoying it. I had time to let my criminal record become spent, and then was finally able to apply for jobs But not everybody is as lucky. We need to come up with effective responses and offer escape routes to young people involved in crime, at every level.
At the front end of the cycle, we should be identifying the targeted young people, and providing early intervention "positive" activities to combat social and educational disadvantage and to prevent young people embarking on criminality in the first instance.
And at the back end of the cycle, appropriate measures need to be put in to place to help ex-prisoners integrate back in to society, offering them opportunities, skills and training, which will not only benefit the individual but also the community they are returning to.
"What you put in is what you get out" this is a quote I use daily, not just with the people I train at the gym but in everyday life situations.
If you cant be bothered, or don't have the motivation to get up in the mornings and get your self to school / college / work, then don't expect anyone else have to have the motivation to help you improve your life prospects.
Your life is in your own hands, you have the power to improve your lifestyle just by putting the effort in.
Chose right over wrong, good over bad... And as for your diet, everybody knows it is easy to choose a nice greasy burger / kebab / portion of chips over a salad but who said life was easy? What's life without a challenge to make you a stronger character?
If you want to have a fit and healthy body make the choice to put the right fuel in. It only takes a couple of minutes to check online and I guarantee there are some quick and simple recipes out there that are not entirely disgusting either...