FEMALE fighters are being challenged to enter the ring as a women-only boxing club gets off the ground.
Two young boxers were put through their paces when they completed special training to become coaches at new women-only sessions at Houghton Boxing Club.
Now Naomi Husband and Victoria Wilkinson, both 18, are calling on lasses from across the area to join them and get fighting fit in the ring.
Naomi, of Houghton, said: “We’ve just finished a weekend coaching course at Peterlee and are looking forward to starting the sessions.
“I boxed for four years in Hetton, but stopped about a year ago. When I was asked to do this I thought I’d take it up again.”
Naomi and Victoria are expecting the sessions to be a knock-out success, with women also being invited to join them for fitness classes at the Newbottle Street club.
She said: “Anyone from the age of seven can come along and we’re also encouraging them to bring their mums and other female relatives to take part in keep fit classes at the same time.”
Naomi jumped at the chance to coach other females after being forced to train alongside boys.
She said: “When I used to box I had to train with boys and I wanted to give girls who might not want to box in front of boys a chance to have a go.
“Young people often complain there’s not a lot to do in Houghton, so now they can come to this.”
Ken Allan, of Houghton Boxing Club, added: “We’ve had a lot of girls saying they would like to come to the boxing club but feel a bit intimidated.
“It’s a very good way to get fit as compared to football, boxing training is twice to three times harder.”
The session start on Tuesday and take place every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7pm to 8pm. Each session costs £1.50.