GB women’s boxing star and Sporting Champion to inspire youngsters in Berinsfield

Released on September 20, 2015

Young boxing enthusiasts in South Oxfordshire are set to receive some extra inspiration this month when British boxing star Hannah Beharry pays a visit to Berinsfield’s ABC Club.
 
Hannah, who is one of the country’s top female boxers and has won numerous medals at elite tournaments across the globe, will be visiting the Sportivate boxing project at Berinsfield ABC Boxing Club in her capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champion. 
 
Hannah will be attending the club’s regular Sportivate session on Tuesday 22 September between 7pm and 8pm.  Anyone who is aged 11 to 16 can come along.
 
The sessions take place on Tuesday evenings at Berinsfield ABC Boxing Club, Tower Road, Berinsfield, OX10 7LN.  They cost just £2 to attend.
 
Hannah said: “I’m really looking forward to this exciting Sportivate project in Berinsfield. I cannot wait to help them get them into sport and share my experience of proudly representing England. Sportivate is a fantastic way of getting young people into sport and that is something I am really passionate about. I believe that as a Sport England Sporting Champion, I can inspire everyone in attendance to raise their aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be.”
 
Jayne Molyneux, the Strategic Lead for Youth at Sport England, said: “It is great to see Hannah helping to inspire young people taking part in Sportivate to carry on participating in a sport they may never have tried before.  Our Sportivate programme is all about listening to young people and putting on taster sessions in a sport of their choice to help them make the step into community sport and set them on the path to creating a sporting habit for life.”
 
Cllr Anna Badcock, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Arts, Communications and Health, said: “Sportivate projects provide some great opportunities for young people to get involved in sport.  We’re really pleased that Hannah will be coming to the Berinsfield session.  As a female excelling in a traditionally male orientated sport she will be a great inspiration to the young people who come along to the session.”
 
The Sportivate boxing project in Berinsfield is one of the key initiatives set up to create a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  The sessions are held thanks to the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership, who provide Sportivate funding in the county on behalf of Sport England.
 
Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds, who aren’t particularly sporty, six to eight weeks coaching in a new sport and then helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.
 
Recent figures published in April 2014 have revealed that Sportivate has retained 357,789 young people and therefore exceeded its four year target a year early.
 
Anyone wishing to find out more about the boxing sessions should contact Cath Dale 07801203551 or cath.dale@southandvale.gov.uk