IT’S a knockout for an East End youth club.
Hendon Young People’s Project (HYPP) hopes to give youngsters in the area a fitness boost with their own gym and boxing club.
British cruiserweight champion Jon Lewis-Dickinson officially opened the fitness zone at the charity’s base in Church Street East.
Donations and grants from funders including Northumbria Police, Sunderland City Council and housing company Gentoo paid for the 14-foot ring, and Sunderland Sport and Leisure has loaned pieces of Wellness Suite equipment to the centre.
Project manager Richy Duggan said that, as well as youngsters, he also wants to target mums who might have free time after the school run.
He said: “Boxing is a great exercise for all the muscles of the body and it really boosts your confidence and self-esteem.
“We hadn’t officially opened and we had them queuing up at the door. Mams were dropping their kids off and asking, ‘is there going to be something for us?’
“They’re walking past on a morning and it might be time that they have free after they dropped the kids off at school.
“We are hoping eventually if they come in with babies, we can look after them too.”
Three sessions will cost about £2 for children, with adults paying £4.
Richy added: “We wanted to make it affordable for people living in the area.”
The new boxing club will also incorporate Hendon Elite ABC – the former Sunderland East End Boxing Club, run by Kenny Linton.
HYPP is open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm.
l For more information, see www.hyppsunderland.co.uk.