BOXING champ Wayne Elcock has helped to launch a new project, designed to get young people into sport – and keep out of trouble.
Birmingham-born Wayne, a former British middleweight champion, paid a visit to North Solihull Sports Centre last week.
Visitors were treated to demonstrations from the 36-year-old, and also had the chance to try football and athletics sessions.
The event marked the creation of the Neighbourhood Sports Programme – which merges the existing Positive Futures and Fusion Projects.
The scheme is designed to help young offenders, or those at risk of slipping into crime and anti-social behaviour.
Mayor of Solihull, Coun Ian Courts, who was also at the event, praised the activities.
“These sessions provide young people with something fun to do in their free time, as well as encouraging a team spirit and confidence,” he said.
“I am really worried, however, to see how much the Mayoress enjoyed taking part in the boxing training!”
A few days before his visit to North Solihull Sports Centre, Wayne made a separate trip to Park Hall School, in Castle Brom.
And as it turned out, the girls beat the boys to the punch – surprising Wayne with their technical ability.
Wayne will be heading back to Park Hall next term to help run a 12-week Box Clever course.