Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Harry's sporting chance

Prince Harry meets Shanay, a sports star in the making, on a visit to a London boxing club
(photo Kensington Royal Instagram)

Prince Harry has a new project. As he visited a boxing club, Kensington Palace confirmed on Twitter that he is now championing the impact that sport can have on social development initiatives. This visit was about empowering young people through sport and comes after months of behind the scenes work by the prince.

Harry stopped off at the Double Jab Amateur Boxing Club in New Cross to find out about how it uses sport to help young people.  Its aim is to go beyond boxing and to help young people build and lead stronger lives, offering them support in areas like training, education and jobs.

It's been going for four years and on its website says it aims to help members learn about discipline, commitment and respect so that they can make the most of the opportunities that come their way and deal with problems they encounter.

Harry saw several training sessions during his time at the club. watching some up and coming boxers of the future practising and talking to them about the sport and how it helps them in other areas of their lives.

He also handed out the medals and posed for plenty of photos - if you wanted a prince pretending to start a fight caught on camera forever then Harry was your royal yesterday.

Kensington Palace said that Harry will work with charities, including Sported, to help grassroots clubs and support those who are using sport to empower and develop communities. The prince has been working on the initiative behind the scenes for several months and yesterday's visit was his chance to go public on it.

Judging by the response of those he met, it's a popular idea. It runs alongside his support for disability sport seen so famously in his work on the Invictus Games. As summer starts, Prince Harry's sporting success continues to grow.

Photo credit: Kensington Palace Instagram

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