Marden support for invigorating school and community project

July 8, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


England Boxing member club Marden ABC has been helping students from a local high school and people from the surrounding community get active and enjoy sport.

The Tyne, Tees and Wear gym, based in North Tyneside, has joined up with youngsters from John Spence High School by arranging a host of activities, including boxing, outside of their normal school hours.

The Invigorate Programme is designed to energise the students as well as their parents and others to not just get a taste of sport, but to keep that interest going.

The weekly programme have been made possible with funding support from support Sport England and Rise, a North East charity who help people get physically active.

All sessions see the children working in their school bubbles, with half inside the gym and half outside, and all Covid-19 guidelines have been followed.

They have gradually built in popularity and its success has been highlighted by the fact that a number of students are now taking part in sessions outside of the Invigorate programme.

Marden Head Coach Dean Preston said: All of the pupils have been great to work with. They listen and really want to learn and be active.

“The programme provides the option to join in with an activity they may not have considered in the past as its with their peers and in their class bubbles, so they have more confidence to give it a try.

“The great thing is we have had some of the pupils attend our normal sessions and are really keen to progress and develop in boxing.

“The school have been a pleasure to work with and due to the success we will be supporting them further in the next school year where we hope to see some aspiring boxers being given the opportunity to train with us as part of their PE sessions.”

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