The Duchess of Northumberland has given her support to an initiative that uses boxing to teach employment skills to jobseekers.
TKO – Training, Knowledge, Opportunities – is a course run by Ingeus which delivers the government’s Work Programme.
Jobseekers are encouraged to learn how key boxing skills, such as discipline, determination, motivation and self-confidence, are the same as those needed whilst job hunting.
Participants on the course, which took place at Blyth’s Empire School of Boxing, were tutored by the club’s ABA advanced coach Les Welsh and former cruiserweight world champion Glenn McCrory.
Two of those who had signed up for TKO were Kristopher Ferguson, 25, from Ashington, and 20-year-old Edward Bramley, who lives in Blyth.
“I’ve been out of work for the past ten months and it’s very frustrating, so I will do anything I can to help myself,” said Edward.
“I’m hoping to learn new things on this course that will give me the edge.”
He added: “Since leaving school I’ve not had a job yet, so I jumped at the chance to sign up for this course.”
The Duchess added: “Boxing in the north east is really important and can help discipline, motivation and self-esteem.
“That’s why this course is really excellent – it helps those taking part translate what they learn in the boxing ring into really vital everyday skills that are just as relevant in finding a job.”