First team players at Mansfield Town Football Club were put through their paces this morning at the new Stags’ Boxing Academy.The new venue, a stone’s throw away from the club's One Call Stadium on Bradder Way, Mansfield, was set up with the help of a £5,000 donation from The Radford Foundation.
The academy is set to be officially opened this Monday.
Adam Murray’s players were put through a demanding training session by Julian Leivars, father of local boxing star Nico Leivars.
Said Julian: “We are an amateur boxing club, which will be open to the public for all different levels, starting from the age of ten onwards.
“Our main goal is to produce a successful amateur boxing team. However, we will be holding fitness classes and it will be a community boxing club.”
Manager Adam Murray said: “We are looking at improving all areas of our team, with fitness being a key area. The new Stags’ Boxing Academy has allowed us the chance to work the players at a high intensity in a different environment, pushing them mentally and physically.
“The boys started at 9am yesterday morning and likewise this morning. It is a great add-on to our regular training regime.
“The academy is a great venue which will help encourage fitness and commitment to all ages in our community,” he added.
*The Radford Foundation, created by John & Carolyn Radford (Chairman and Chief Executive of Mansfield Town Football Club) was created to promote the growth and development of recreational facilities in Mansfield and the surrounding areas, by focusing on creating positive change and improved infrastructure for and on behalf of the local community.