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The Brendan Ingle Foundation was set up to address the needs of the socially excluded and those at risk of becoming socially marginalised by pursing the following objectives.

  • Promoting social inclusion
  • Realising the needs of the socially excluded
  • Helping the socially excluded reintegrate into society through sport, mentoring and education.

Brendan spent his adult life making bad kids good, and good kids into better kids so society would be better for everyone. The Brendan Ingle Foundation is creating opportunity and togetherness through various local projects. We strive to build a safer, kinder and bigger community that everyone will benefit from.

Ingle Boxing

For over four decades Brendan Ingle MBE and the Ingle Gym have been training, managing and guiding.

Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, Ryan Rhodes, Johnny Nelson, Prince Naseem Hamed, Junior Witter and Kell Brook are all synonymous with the gym and all learnt their trade in the classic, raw and no-nonsense surroundings of a converted church hall.

Since 1964 iron girders have watched over, while holding rows of heavybags for the fighters to train as the gym has forged champions.

A rough, worn wooden floor; rattled and splintered with dust collecting in nearby corners, but still showing lines and circles; dictating how footwork taught in the gym should be maintained and mastered.

Two speedbags hinged on the walls and a ring standing alone at the end of the hall, where it has been since the beginning.

Medicine balls and iron bars used to anchor feet to sit up and strengthen abdominals.

Bars attached to the iron girders above the gym serve for pull ups, while metal rings on the wall are hinged for holding drinks.

No set cardiovascular area; members skip, step up, run laps of the hall or use Newman Road itself where the gym is based.

A changing room, a few old lockers, showers, toilets and the door in and out. Radiators turned on in the winter and side doors opened in summer.

No air conditioning, treadmills or hand bikes but everything a fighter needs and requires to train.

Blog

Amer Khan Delivers Talk to Hinde House School

We tweeted earlier this week that the rise in hate crime has nearly doubled in just three years. Within schools, these incidents and crimes are towards teachers as well as amongst students. This week ex professional boxer and firefighter Amer ‘Killa’ Khan from the Ingle boxing gym delivered a talk to the pupils of local secondary school, Hinde House. Amer previously went to this very school, and is a relatable person for the current students. On top of his full time job AND helping coach the professionals at the Ingle Boxing Gym, he is a key contributor to the foundations projects… delivering talks, workshops and coaching for our Brendan Ingle Scholarship programmes and mentor schemes. The assembly’s were  held to not only raise awareness of hate crime as a whole, but to also inform students how to identify and report hate crime. These talks were a chance for some of the foundation staff to introduce themselves, who will be working closely with the school in the future. The presence of relatable mentors like Amer, Conor and Sophie within the school aims to bridge a gap between students and teachers, and encourage a communicative environment for all participants. There was a huge emphasis on the boxing gym being a shared space for all, regardless of background, race, religion and so on. These talks proved both inspiring and educational to the year groups involved, and everyone at the foundation looks forward to future plans with Hinde House. Follow the link below to read a recent write up in the Sheffield Star! https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/sheffield-boxer-killa-heads-back-former-city-school-inspire-next-generation-817725 The foundation works very closely with local schools and will be posting more information about the Brendan Ingle Scholarship programme soon.

A Promising Future For Liam Arundel

Last year, as a part of an alternative learning set up with local schools, the Brendan Ingle Foundation carried out a mentoring scheme with a small number of pupils at high risk of either expulsion, criminality or anti-social behaviour. The programme consisted of a mixture of boxing sessions in the gym, onsite mentoring at the schools and extra curriculum from interview skills to litter picking in the community.  The aim of these sessions were to teach a number of skills such as self-discipline, self- conduct, respect and sociability, all of which can be transferred into strong foundations for everyday life. Amer Khan was one of the coaches to take part in delivering the talks, classes and workshops at the schools, having attended the same high school as the group of students, he demonstrated that it is possible to turn a lifestyle around and contribute positively to society. The idea was that along side the health and fitness benefits of boxing, the sessions would also include exercises and activities that would build confidence, teaching the students that they too are capable of achieving big. One particular student who found himself on to a promising pathway through the programme was 16 year old Liam Arundel. Who at the time was predicted to fail most of his GCSE’s and missing a majority of school. Through the process of mentoring with Amer and the Brendan Ingle Foundation he achieved good marks in a majority of his core subjects and secured himself a place on a Level One Mechanical Engineering course at Barnsley College. As if this wasn’t enough he picked up some incredible boxing skills, showed immense dedication and drive, and went on to box competitively winning a number of amateur bouts. Liam is a shining example of a lost teenager who has developed into a confident, friendly and hardworking young man. With huge boxing profiles such as Billy Joe Saunders and Kid Galahad around the Ingle gym,  he’s looking up to the best in the business. He is still an active boxer for the Ingle gym, and top of his training and college course, Liam comes into the gym to spend time with the next round of pupils coming through the mentor scheme, leading by shining example. The sky’s the limit for Liam!

No Place For Hate in the UK

Today marks the first day of National Hate Crime Awareness week. Hate crimes in the UK are on the rise, just in the last year there has been a 17% increase in crimes and incidents. The organisation (NHCAW) is campaigning to encourage authorities, councils, police and other key partners to help reduce hate crimes and incidents in their local areas. We know that Brendan firmly believed regardless of your background everyone had a place in the Ingle gym, as long as you showed respect for not only yourself, but for the people around you… Here at the Foundation we strive to carry this on throughout the community and are working along side the South Yorkshire police in a campaign for a Safer Sheffield. We are providing social, fitness classes and run clubs for the locals, creating a safe place for all, a wider sense of community and connection, as well as improving general well-being. Follow the links to find out more about the National Hate Crime Awareness organisation, and how you can support it. https://nationalhcaw.uk/ https://youtu.be/zj7vj_PVsFY #NationalHCAW #NoRoomForHateUK #SafePlaceForAll #WeStandTogether  

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