Training is a real knockout

Harry Gayton, 16, has started his work placement with Blackpool FC'Community Trust Ambassador Brian Rose at his local boxing gym.
Harry Gayton, 16, has started his work placement with Blackpool FC'Community Trust Ambassador Brian Rose at his local boxing gym.
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Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship programme is well under way with 20 students enrolling on to the course.

The Traineeship course runs for 12 weeks and aims to change lives for the better.

The course has been made to help those who are aged 16-23 and who are not currently in education, employment or training.

As part of the Traineeship course, students receive work placements to help boost their employability skills and knowledge.

Harry Gayton, 16, has started his work placement with Blackpool FC Community Trust Ambassador Brian Rose at his local boxing gym.

Harry helps Brian with day to day jobs as well as assisting Brian with personal training sessions.

Brian Rose, who is a former English, British and WBO intercontinental champion, is delighted with the progress Harry has made since starting at the gym.

Brian said, “He’s the best trainee I’ve ever had.

“His enthusiasm and commitment is brilliant and he’s always asking for something to do.

“He’s a great lad.”

Harry admitted working with Brian Rose is daunting, having followed him as a fan for so many years.

Harry said: “As a local lad, working with Brian is a dream come true. He’s even started training me in the basics of boxing and it’s something I’m really enjoying.”

Harry added: “The Traineeship course has given me the direction I needed.

“It’s teaching me so many important life skills and now I’m with Brian Rose on placement learning how a professional gym is managed as well as working with a professional boxer.”

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship programme, call (01253) 348691.