Boxer’s talent is helping children

Lee Brown with his training group at the Wrangbrook club, Upton
Lee Brown with his training group at the Wrangbrook club, Upton
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A NEW boxing club is fighting its way into youngsters’ hearts and teaching them self-discipline.

The academy that runs from The Wrangbrook Sports and Community Centre, on Wrangbrook Road, in Upton was set up a few months ago by experienced boxer Lee Brown, who wanted to offer young people the chance to do something positive with their time.

Mr Brown, who has boxed for most of his life, said: “The response has been unbelievable.”

More than 40 people attend the club, ranging from just six years old up to 36.

He said: “When I was growing up I used to hang around the streets. There was nothing like this then, and if there had been I would have loved to be part of it.

“They are really enjoying it and gives them something to focus on and learn about self-discipline.”

The club is free and all the equipment they use has been donated by friends, family and residents in the area.

Mr Brown jointly set up Frickley Boxing Academy and was awarded coach of the year in Wakefield District Sports Award in June for his dedication to the club.

But he wanted to set something up in his home village of Upton and the new club was created. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings.

The club is holding a charity concert on November 10 at The Wrangbrook to raise cash to purchase more punch bags. The event starts at 7pm.

Mr Brown has also been nominated by many of his class members for the Express’ Your Hero award. Turn to page 13 to find out how to vote.

For more information about classes, contact 07544 127 767.