More than a dozen female offenders are attending boxing classes at a champions club to empower lifestyle changes.
The boxing class is the brainchild of Person Shaped Support (PSS) case manager, Lynn Robertson, who is a fitness instructor and coaches the women on probation together with their Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC) case managers.
The Rotunda Amateur Boxing Club is home to more than a hundred national, world and Olympic boxing champions; including Tony Bellew.
Bino Davies, an attendee, suffered from anger and mental health issues and experienced long term domestic violence that contributed to her offending behaviour.
She said: “The boxing class has changed my life. I was really quiet and lacked confidence before I started training.
“Now I feel extremely positive after. I am eating healthy and going for runs and walking more between classes. I leave smiling and it helps me see the positive in life.”
PSS operate in partnership with M CRC to deliver services to women on probation.
Lynn said: “The change in the women is astounding. Some are vulnerable, some are victims of domestic violence. The confidence these classes give them is immeasurable.
“By training with probation case managers, it breaks down barriers. There has been a reduction in re-offending which is remarkable. I burst with pride witnessing their progression.”
The club secretary, Gerard Starkey, is proud of the success of the club and is open to innovative ways to get people of all ages involved in boxing for its health and personal development benefits. He has also helped launch a successful class for children with autism and ADHD.
Gerard said: “Boxing teaches discipline and focus and provides structure. Our success with multiple champions like Tony Bellow, the Smith Brothers and Natasha Jonas proves it works.
“It can be a route out of all sorts of personal and social problems. I am absolutely delighted to support this unique class of women. One of them could be our next champion.”