By Owen Pinnell
A boxing club is to be launched at the Brixton Recreation Centre (Rec) following a successful community campaign.
The club was given the go-ahead by Lambeth council and the Rec’s operators Greenwich Leisure after a petition to support it gathered over 400 signatures.
The campaign was spearheaded by Brixton-based football training club Afewee and it has been a long struggle to get the agreement of both the council and the Rec.
Steadman Scott, founder of Afewee, said: “Brixton has always celebrated boxing stars when they visit and now we can find and support the next generation of local grown talent.”
Afewee is already an established name through its football coaching, which has earned a reputation for producing talented young players, many of whom can now be found in the academies of London’s top flight teams.
A J Carter, Afewee’s unbeaten professional heavyweight boxer, will demonstrate his technique at the launch.
He said: “Afewee helped me to put my life back on track and I’m now on the way to achieving my boxing dream.
“This is a great opportunity for local youngsters to find out what boxing’s about and how that focus and discipline can change your life.”
A screening of Uncle Steadman, which depicts Steadman Scott’s inspirational life story, spurred the campaign for the club.
The launch will be on Sunday April 27 in the Energy Zone from 10am – midday at the Rec.
Non-contact sessions will then take place in the Energy Zone on Sundays and Wednesdays, and will be open to all, regardless of age or sex.