HUNDREDS of people made tracks for Redditch Boxing Club for an open day showcasing all the fitness and sports available at the Matchborough centre.
“It was superb and far outweighed any of my expectations,” said self defence coach Pete Mar, who organised the event last Saturday.
“We started by taking people’s details but after 20 minutes we had to give up because there were so many coming through the door.”
The club runs a whole host of activities from kick boxing, with world champion John O’Hare, to boxing, self defence and fitness classes.
“I think more than 50 per cent of the people taking part were children and we had a good mix of boys and girls,” said Pete.
“As a society we are quick to blame young people for apathy but when there is an opportunity to try something they will have a go. The big problem is people not knowing we’re here!”
He said the success of double Olympic champion Nicola Adams had inspired many girls to take up boxing while self defence classes were also very popular with girls and women.
“The day was truly awesome, we had people join every single one of the classes which is fantastic,” added Pete.
“And this wasn’t just a one-off, the aim is to encourage people into sport, that’s why we’re here, goodness knows we don’t make any money – we’re a community-based club for the community.”