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Boxing lessons at City Hall prove a knock-out with Belfast school children

By Ricky Thompson

An Irish boxing champion has taken to teaching primary school children the art of the sport by bringing them into the ring.

Around 100 pupils from the four corners of Belfast took part in a 'Try It' event at City Hall which saw Irish lightweight champion Sean McComb teach them the boxing basics.

They were first asked to take part in warm-up excersises which involved skipping, running and jumping before being treated to one-on-one sessions with Mr McComb, who said it was a great opportunity for them: "It's good for them to come and see someone at top level and get demonstrations from a role model like myself and there are other role models here as well.

"To see someone who's involved in boxing at a high level give demonstrations first hand is good. I'm telling them how to get involved in boxing and how to join a boxing club.

"It gets them out of school and shows them how to protect themselves because it's important to have that in life."

The event was hosted by boxing fan Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon, who said it's great for the young budding boxers of Belfast to keep fit and get healthy: "It's really important that when we have our boxers competing at a high level, we need to encourage and nurture things at a grassroots level and that's what this is about."

The students involved travelled across the city  from Gaelscoil Na Bfhal, Nettlefield PS, Holy Rosary PS and Mercy PS.

The activities were led by Belfast City Council Community Boxing Coaches Louise Welsh and Liam Corr, with assistance from Ormeau Road and Holy Trinity Boxing Clubs.

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