Boxing course helps Bury St Edmunds’ young adults fight anxiety

Participants Reece Crabbe and Charlotte Palmer with instructor Craig Turner at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, taking part in a new project to help young people with depression and anxiety. ANL-151102-152445001

Participants Reece Crabbe and Charlotte Palmer with instructor Craig Turner at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, taking part in a new project to help young people with depression and anxiety. ANL-151102-152445001

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A new programme based on boxing designed to help those with depression and anxiety has just completed its first course at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre.

Stand Tall is a 12-week course, also running at Haverhill Leisure Centre, aimed at 14-25 year olds suffering from mental health concerns.

Participants take part in weekly sessions based on boxing techniques which aim to support them with improving their health and increasing activity levels.

The programme has been praised by Olympic bronze medallist and professional middleweight boxer Anthony Ogogo.

Matt Hickey, Abbeycroft Leisure’s health, fitness and physical activity development manager, said: “With this project we needed to be different. We felt boxing was a great alternative.”

The next course will be starting at both leisure centres at the end of February.