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Duo Receive Tutoring Awards

Ellie Jones & Rosie Bithell

YOUNG people on the Stoke City Community Trust Rise programme have recently received qualifications from GB Boxing.

Ellie Jones, 15, from Haywood Academy and Rosie Bithell, 13, from Ormiston Meridian Academy are now authorised non-contact boxing tutors following months of intensive training in partnership with The Right Stuff Project.

The pair successfully completed an element of the Community Trust's Rise initiative before being referred to The Right Stuff Project where they continued to develop resilience, identity and self-esteem through boxing.

Ellie and Rosie received top-end training at the Stafford-based organisation from advanced GB boxing coach Mr Q Shillingford MBE who travelled up from Portsmouth to deliver the sessions.

On completion of their course the duo collected their awards at the gym and agreed to put their new skills into action as a young volunteer at the Community Trust and Right Stuff.

Speaking shortly after receiving her qualification, Ellie said: "It was a great opportunity for me to demonstrate and learn new skills. It was fun and it was a friendly environment to be in."

“It has made me realise what I can do and it has helped my confidence a lot,” Rosie added. “Thank you for everything you have all done.”

Andy Whitehall MBE, Right Stuff Project manager, added: “I am extremely proud of Ellie and Rosie completing their GB Boxing tutor course. It is a great achievement allowing them to now coach the national boxing awards to other young people.

“The programme they have been on is a great advert for partnership working in the community Stoke City, The Right Stuff Project, Queensberry Police Amateur Boxing Club, Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Department for Education have come together to provide great personal development opportunities for young people in Stoke On Trent.

“Ellie and Rosie have seized these opportunities, gaining confidence and self-belief along the way."

Anyone who may want to take part in the Community Trust’s Rise programme or would like further information, please contact Sanj Kairo via [email protected].

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