Foundation students exercise in the East Durham College boxing gym

Students Take To Boxing Gym To Keep Fighting Fit

A group of East Durham College students have taken to the boxing gym to help get themselves fighting fit. 

Students from the college’s foundation department, which supports students aged 16-24 with learning difficulties or special learning needs, have been attending boxing fitness sessions twice a week, not only to help them with their fitness but to help build confidence in their social skills. 

The sessions with East Durham College’s head boxing coach Dave Binns, sees the groups work together to put together their own warm-ups and fitness sessions. 

Both Dave and the staff from the foundation department have seen a huge positive change in the students, showing that get involved in sport has helped develop a number of their skills. 

Dave Binns said: “These sessions have been fantastic. It’s a great opportunity to give these students a platform to go out and take control of a session as well as helping improve their fitness. 

“When we started most of the group were very quiet. But slowly throughout the weeks they have all got more and more involved, from having input into their favourite activities in the sessions to leading different parts of them. 

“It’s great to see the progress of these students and I look forward to seeing them grow and grow with every week in the future.”

Lecturer in foundation studies at East Durham College, Jimmy Fusco added: “This initiative have been brilliant at helping the students in the foundation department express themselves. 

“They love coming along each week to work with Dave in the boxing gym, and they are continuing to grow and develop with each session. 

“A huge thanks to Dave for his continued support of the foundation department at the college.”

For more information on courses with East Durham College’s foundation department, please contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.