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Boxing club launches women-only sessions

Topyard Boxing Club on Cromwell Road has launched a new women-only session after receiving a funding boost.
Topyard Outside

The club has received funding from Health Xchange, a scheme funded by The National Lottery and delivered by the Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services (PCVS). The project empowers small community groups to deliver health and wellbeing activities in their area.

The women-only boxing class started on Tuesday and saw a good turnout from women of all ages from around the city.

Nisha Khan, one of the leading advocates for women-only sessions, said: "Topyard have been doing loads of different sessions working with the groups such as Community First with projects focusing on youths which my sons used to attend, and they had so much fun 

"So we got chatting with the owners and told them we were really interested in women's only sessions and they worked hard and secured funding and made it happen, so I am very grateful.

"A lot of us have been stuck inside due to the lockdown so it's nice to get out here and be active, and everyone here is so supportive."

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Topyard gym plays host to women's only sessions. Mustafa Hussain

The class is hosted by local physical activity instructor Fatima Painda of Painda Fitness.

She said: "This is a great opportunity for me as it allows me to use my knowledge of sport to work and empower women. 

"Sport has always been a fundamental part of my life and has taught me so many skills from physical to social as well as providing me with opportunities to work with individuals on a personal level.

"But most importantly, it has given me the opportunity to pursue personal training so I can empower people to improve their health and wellbeing. Please get in touch at painda.fitness@gmail.com or via Instagram.com/paindafitness."

The Health Xchange project uses National Lottery Community Funds, to improve the opportunities people across Peterborough have to access health and wellbeing activities. 

Stuart Haw, Health and Wellbeing Lead for PCVS said: “The sessions that Topyard have been running for their community demonstrated how brilliantly a sport club can respond to the health and wellbeing needs of local community members.

"The team at Topyard have teamed up with us, to use national lottery funds, to bring first class instructors to community members across Peterborough. Groups can make enquiries about funding by emailing healthexchange@pcvs.co.uk

The classes run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am-10.30am at 165A Cromwell Road.

For more information visit the group's Facebook page or call 07790 928546.