Champion boxer Hannah Beharry visited a local boxing club, to show her support for a series of free boxing sessions supported by Watford Borough Council.
|The sessions, held at Watford Boxing Club as part of the Sportivate programme, were open to young people aged 11 to 25 years old. Speaking about her role as an athlete mentor, Hannah said: “I wanted to get involved because I want to play my part in helping young people change their lives. Through telling my own life story the students have a real life example of someone from a disadvantaged background who was ‘destined to fail’ and has, in fact, managed, through determination, confidence and ambition, to change their life and overcome obstacles to achieve things beyond their wildest dreams. Sport has helped me to turn my life around, helping me to gain confidence in myself, grow as a person, meet new people and become the person I am today.”
Watford Boxing Club was recently relocated to Woodside with the help of Elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and is enjoying the new fit-for-purpose building.
Mayor Thornhill said: “Young people in Watford should have the opportunity to take part in sport, whatever their circumstances and background. Sport is a great way to stay happy and healthy, as well as make friends and have fun. Since 2011 Sportivate has given lots of Watford young people a chance to do something they might not otherwise get a chance to. It's a great programme that encourages young people to give a new sport a go, and hopefully begin a life-long passion.”