A taster session run by a new Scottish LGBTI boxing club proved so successful that the club is hosting a further session in December.
Knockout Boxing Club held its initial training session on 28th November, inviting boxers of all abilities to come along and try out what for many might be a completely new experience.
This club is seeking to be open and inclusive, and has adopted a “boxing for all” ethos. Founder Ewan McPherson hopes the club will help many people who often feel excluded from such sports to feel inspired to get involved. At a time when boxing has been in the news for the wrong reasons, he believes Knockout will be the type of club where everyone is genuinely welcome, irrespective of their background or sexual identity.
Speaking to KaleidoScot about the first session, he admitted that it was more successful than the club has initially imagined. “We got off to a promising launch with seven people attending despite hideous weather!” he said. “Everyone gave very positive feedback and due to interest, we are sneaking another one in before the end of the year. We will be looking at getting regular sessions arranged in the New Year.”
Attendees were given expert training by Boxing Scotland’s Joe Brannan. One of the participants, Dylan Kiel, who was donning gloves for the first time in his life, told LEAP Sports that he enjoyed himsefl so much he’s definitely coming back for more. He said: “‘This was my first time boxing. I thought it might be really intimidating, but it was very relaxed and enjoyable because everyone was in the same boat. The instructor was great, too. I’m definitely keen to carry on.”
The next session, which will be the last one of 2015, is planned for Saturday 12th December at 11am. It will take place at the John Paul Sports Centre, John Paul Academy, Arrocher Street, Glasgow G23 5LY. All are welcome.
Fuurther information about the club can be found on its facebook page.