A recently-formed LGBTI boxing club has announced further dates for training sessions.
Glasgow-based Knockout Boxing Club, which held its first session in November, has confirmed it will be hosting four further sessions on the first and third Saturdays of the next two months.
The first bouts of each month – to be held on Saturday 6th February and Saturday 5th March – will focus on conditioning and promise to be “very sweaty” but also provide a great way to keep fit. The second sessions of each month, which will take place on Saturday 20th February and Saturday 19th March, will be centred on developing technique and will feature optional controlled sparring.
All sessions will be held at the John Paul Sports Centre, Summerston, between 11am and 12.30pm.
The initial sessions have proved successful and have generated a great deal of interest from members of the LGBTI community.
Ewan McPherson, the founder of Knockout Boxing Club, explained to KaleidoScot that the level of interest and involvement has been instumental in taking his vision of an inclusive club forward.
He said: “After discovering there are enough people interested in keeping an LGBTI boxing club going, Knockout is very pleased to announce that there will be more sessions in February and March.
McPherson is eager to welcome any new members to the club and insists that no-one should be put off by sparring, which he stresses is optional and which he understands isn’t for everyone.
“There will be sparring during the second sessions of the month, which is part of the focus on on learning technique. However, the sparring will be controlled and light to will not be quite as scary as it sounds! It’s definuitely not compulsory – we have a good few who prefer to work the punchbags in conditioning while the rest of us are sparring.”
One of Knockout’s regular members, Duffy, told KaleidoScot that the club has provided him with a chance to experience something new. He said: “I have really enjoyed the sessions so far and they have given me the opportunity to take part in a new sport and a type of physical fitnress I otherwise would not have done.”
The John Paul Academy Sports Centre is situated on Arrochar Street, G32 5LY