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Posted onPosted on 22nd Jun

A new community lifeline in Mansfield was given a star-studded opening when actress Vicky McClure and Olympic gold medallist Jayne Torvill dropped in.

They helped Nottingham-based charity Switch Up CIC launch Mansfield School of Boxing, a new community hub on Barringer Road that will empower vulnerable young people at risk from entering crime or in need of employability support.

The former River Maun Recreation Centre, now managed by Switch Up, is a safe space for local people to learn and develop new skills. This includes giving the community access to the health and behavioural benefits of boxing through a dedicated gym, complete with ring, that has been created in the main hall.

The charity — part of the Marcellus Baz Group — has been helping Nottingham’s deprived communities for decades Founder and chief executive Marcellus Baz said: “We have been supporting individuals and families in Mansfield for a few years. This permanent base means we can support them so much more, particularly young people at risk of committing crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Mayor Andy Abrahams added: “I can’t wait to see the impact it will have in Ravensdale and the wider area.”

Switch Up’s patrons include former boxer Frank Bruno, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, and WBA featherweight world champion Leigh Wood. Line Of Duty actress Vicky McClure and her fiance, Jonny Owen, were revealed as the latest supporters when they helped to launch Mansfield School of Boxing.

Vicky said: “We couldn’t feel more honoured to be part of the team as patrons. I would urge everyone in Mansfield to support them in anyway you can!”

Pictured, from left at the gym, are Marcellus Baz, Vicky McClure, Jayne Torvill, and Jonny Owen.