Local group Flourish enjoy free fitness classes by amateur boxer throughout lockdown


Local group Flourish enjoy free fitness classes by amateur boxer throughout lockdown

A local amateur boxer who owns his own fitness company has been delivering free weekly fitness and boxing classes throughout lockdown to a local group of adults with learning difficulties.

The Grimsby-based service, Flourish, was established in April 2018 and is made up of young adults with learning disabilities who are unemployed and not in full time education.

Cleethorpes resident Bailey Greetham Clark started BeGreatFitness after the first lockdown when he was 17 years old.

Bailey said: “Flourish contacted me and asked me to come in and do a Q&A session. It was fantastic. They are a super fit bunch of people and before lockdown started, they were in the gym every day.

“After the Q&A I stayed in touch, and I worried going into the third lockdown that they weren’t going to be as active. I worried for their physical health and mental health, understanding the lasting effects exercise has on your mental health and also knowing that they’re not a group which receives much funding.

“I decided to do my part in this lockdown, so for the last eight weeks I’ve been delivering the sessions to the clients there. It’s been fantastic – it’s so rewarding to give back and they’re loving it.”

Callum, a member of the Flourish group, said: “The sessions make me happy. I’ve put the training in and it’s challenging, but achievable. I feel fitter and more confident.”

Reece said: “Bailey is a really good friend and positive role model. I enjoy the Zoom sessions because they’re tailored to our needs and they’re fun.”

“Boxing is not my thing, but it helps me keep fit and I understand that’s part of life. Bailey is a great personal trainer,” group member Scott added.

Another Flourish member, Emma, said the sessions have helped her to lose weight and feel more toned.

Dave McMahon, who runs the Flourish service, commented: “Bailey is very patient, kind and a good communicator of his passion for boxing. We’ll be pleased to carry on working with him in the future once lockdown is eased.

“He’s connected well with the guys, he’s really good at remembering names and is kind and patient. The sessions have been absolutely brilliant.”

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