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Youngsters to help with overhaul of Brighton boxing gym
A knockout scheme is giving youngsters who might have had a tough battle through school a second chance to shine.
Young people in the Lewes Road area of Brighton are gaining work experience in a pilot project that started on Monday.
Five teenagers are helping renovate Moulsecoomb Boxing Gym in Hodshrove Lane, Brighton, by assisting developers Mears and Fraser Edmonds, to make internal repairs to the council-owned building.
The end result will be a gym which can be used by all members of the community.
Bill Randall, chairman of Brighton and Hove City Coun- cil’s housing committee, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people caught in a Catch-22 situation where they need experience to gain work and yet they need work to gain the necessary experience.
“Lewes Road residents decided it was important to revamp this important gym and provide training opportunities to young people working with our excellent Youth Employability Service.
“This project is a great opportunity to find out what having a job involves and to learn skills and is an outstanding example of partnership working between the council, residents and local employers.”
Young people aged 16 to 21 were offered a place to take part in the project on two or three-week placements.
The renovation includes improving facilities, insulation and decorating the building.
Barry Burtenshaw, chairman of the Lewes Road Consortium, said: “The aim is to provide a toolkit of skills for people to try out to see what they are best suited to.”
James Cryer, of Mears, said: “Mears is committed to working with the community, and this project is a fantastic example of what we strive to achieve.
"Not only are we providing a great working experience for these young people, we are also bringing back the popular boxing gym in the heart of the neighbourhood.”
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