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Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy comes to Caritas Anchor House

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Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy comes to Caritas Anchor House

29th August 2017
Last week, the gloves were on at Caritas Anchor House as we hosted our first Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy (BMBA) session, in partnership with the NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The session was attended by 12 current and former residents of all skills levels, and offered an introduction to boxing. The coach taught residents a number of boxing-themed exercises, including footwork, balance, guarding, jabbing and ducking. Then, working in pairs and with gloves and pads on, our residents were able to put the combinations they learnt together in a supervised, non-contact environment.

Speaking of the event, BMBA coach Dom Bergonzi said, “The session was really positive. The group took it all on board, were willing to try and had success. They all had smiling faces and were encouraging each other, which was great to see.” 

Francis, a resident, said the best element of the session for him was “the teamwork and participation of the people I had never previously interacted with – I loved it.” Francis also shared that as a result of the session, he plans to seek more ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Sabina, a resident who also took part, was awarded ‘star pupil’ at the event. She said, “It was amazing. I felt relaxed when I was boxing and I feel it helped me physically and mentally. It’s something that I want to do in the future.”

Dr Saidur Rahman, Chair of Newham Health Collaborative Ltd, the local GP federation, said, “All evidence shows population health improvement comes from lifestyle changes, not by disease management, and as such, I am extremely pleased with this initiative in the community. My thanks to Caritas Anchor House and the boxing academy on behalf of the residents of Newham.”

The boxing session was one of several to be taking place at Caritas Anchor House and across Newham. Organised and funded by the NHS Newham CCG, the classes aim to engage the public and promote healthy living and active lifestyles in a fun and interactive way.

The BMBA was established as a social enterprise by Caritas Anchor House Patron, Barry McGuigan MBE, and runs community-based health initiatives and educational courses, both in the UK and Ireland.

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