Glow in the dark boxing is a knockout in Battersea

Published: Friday 10th November 17

A spectacular new way of enjoying sport has come to the borough from the United States which is seeing young people duck, weave and jab, under ultraviolet (UV) lighting.

Young people from Battersea in the boxing ring

Thought to be one of the earliest examples of this trend to cross the Atlantic, local charity Carney’s Community, in Petworth Street, hosted the luminous event on 1 November for around 40 young people from the area. 

Kai, 16, from the Winstanley and York Road estates, was attending his second session after trying out kickboxing previously.

He said: “I’m just doing some training, and I like and enjoy it. It can keep youth off the road and stops them getting into trouble with the police, and can get you somewhere in life.”

George Turner, CEO of Carney’s Community, said the glow in the dark boxing had proved very popular with local young people, and that forthcoming sessions included table tennis and ‘glow-ga’, or yoga. 

The hire of the UV equipment is supported by Witness Da Fitness, a sports programme named by young residents of the Winstanley and York Road estates, delivered on behalf of Wandsworth Council by Enable Leisure and Culture, and funded by Sport England.

The council is regenerating the Winstanley and York Road estates with partner Taylor Wimpey, and is proposing to build 2,500 new properties, providing newly-built homes for all secure council tenants and owner-occupiers on their estate, and building 100 more council homes, as well as homes for shared ownership, market rent and for sale, and a new combined leisure, community, library and children’s centre.

Employment and training opportunities for local residents, as well as access to cultural and sporting opportunities, is a key element of the proposals.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of the council, said: “The Wandsworth way of estate regeneration is that as new homes and facilities improve an area, there should be greater opportunities for the people who live there.

"Sports activities, and the great work done by local charities such as Carney’s Community, is a key element of the vision of the council and its partners in offering help to get on in life.”

For more information about Witness Da Fitness, contact George Henry, Get Active Project Lead, at ghenry@wandsworth.gov.uk or drop in to see him at the regeneration project office in Pennethorne Square on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week.

Find out more about activities and mentoring for young people aged 11 to 30 at www.carneyscommunity.org

Glow in the dark boxing at Carney's Community

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