Our blind veterans are put through their paces by a champion boxer

23 January 2018 09:00

Earlier this month some of our blind veterans had the chance to join local boxers and trainers at the iconic Brighton and Hove Amateur Boxing Club.

At the gym they met and had a chance to spar with retired professional boxer and former ABA Amateur Heavyweight Champion Scott Welch.

The training session was part of a fitness week organised by our Brighton centre, which allowed our beneficiaries to get to grips with a variety of sports classes.

Richard Phinbow, Sports and Recreation Instructor at Blind Veterans UK, said: “We hold four fitness and training weeks throughout the year but the first one after Christmas is always very popular!

"The activities this time have included spin classes, British Military Fitness and of course coming along to the boxing gym. All the activities are great for physical health obviously but also make a massive difference to mental wellbeing."

Blind veteran Roan Webb, who has been supported by us for two years and served in the Royal Artillery before losing his sight, added: “This my second time on a fitness week and both have been absolutely excellent! Everyone enjoyed it and got involved. We’re all of different levels of fitness but the great thing is that everyone improves throughout the week.

“The boxing has been really great and it was a pleasure to work with Scott and all the guys here and be put through our paces.”

Group of blind veterans at Hove Amateur Boxing Week during Fitness Week in Brighton
Our blind veterans in the ring with Scott and his trainers.

The veterans were led in their workout by Scott Welch and his team and continues the gym’s work in using boxing to support the wider community.

Scott said: “Our work in the community is such an important part of what we do and fits in so well with the WBC World Boxing Cares programme.

"It was an absolute pleasure to have the group from Blind Veterans UK here and all of us can’t wait to work with them again."