West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to run a summertime course for young people that combines boxing with life skills.
The 16 to 25-year-olds are taking part in a week-long timetable of activities at Stanningley Fire Station (August 3-7) which teaches them the fundamentals of non-contact boxing, whilst also addressing a range of topics from first aid to fire prevention and healthy living.
The course, called ‘Get Started with Boxing,’ also explores communication skills, self-presentation, positive attitudes and employability. The young people also hear from mentors who shared their stories and give motivational speeches.
Following the week’s activities they will then receive a further three months support from The Prince’s Trust to help them move into education, training or employment.
Station Commander Dave Smith said: “The station has really been a hive of activity this week as the young people have been getting to grips with different technical skills and challenges.
“Not only will this initiative help them in the next step of their lives, it will also teach young people about fire safety and fire prevention.”
Youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, helps disadvantaged young people gain the skills and confidence to find work. Three in four young people helped by the charity move into work, education or training.
Alison Mattocks, Prince’s Trust Get Started Programme Manager, said: “It’s been fantastic to work with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to deliver this programme and we’re thrilled so many young people have been able to take part and make the first steps towards a positive future for themselves.”