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Group initiates boxing for people with Parkinson in UK



PARKINSON’S UK and England Boxing are launching two new non-contact boxing programmes for the Parkinson’s community in Northamptonshire.

  Known as Neuro-Boxing, this fun, social and friendly version of the sport involves high intensity, non-contact boxing with professional coaches. Neuro-Boxing helps people with Parkinson’s to improve their strength, balance, coordination and general movement.

  Keeping active can also help people with neurological conditions to manage their symptoms and improve their wellbeing.

  The two sessions are the result of a new physical activity partnership between Parkinson’s UK and England Boxing set up to help more people living with the condition get active in the Northamptonshire area.

  Working with local boxing clubs, Team Shoe-Box in Northampton and Little Oakley Boxing in Corby, the Neuro-Boxing classes will start in March and run on a weekly basis, with attendance fees costing £5 per person.

  Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and currently there is no cure. It affects around 145,000 people in the UK and every hour two more people are diagnosed. There are over 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety.

  Alex Le Guevel, Club Support Officer for the East Midlands and Eastern Counties at England Boxing, said: “Non-contact boxing is a fun way to stay active and is extremely popular, with projects being delivered across the UK.

  “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Parkinson’s UK and Northamptonshire Sport on this initiative, which has been funded by Sport England’s Together Fund which is helping to tackle inequalities and improve participation for people affected by the pandemic.”

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