Pensioners are fighting back the aches and pains with the help of the Golden Gloves project that helps keep residents physically and mentally active with weekly boxing sessions.

The organisation holds boxing sessions at several independent living schemes across the county for people aged from 65 to 94.

At the Garfield Court care home in Nottingham the classes involve lacing up a set of boxing gloves, hitting punch bags and shadow boxing.

The pilot scheme is supported by Active Notts and Nottingham City Homes.

Gary Bulmer, 53, boxing coach, “I think it’s great, it’s all about interacting with each other, we are breaking down isolation. One of the biggest thing that we have noticed is that everyone is having fun and it shows that boxing has so many benefits.”

The plan is to take fitness classes into different assisted living facilities across Nottingham and encourage the use of boxing to increase activity levels, reduce isolation and help with balance, coordination and memory.

“This has stopped me getting depression”

Lesley Croucher, 75, Retired

Some of the boxers arrive to the hour long sessions with walking frames and some are able to complete the sessions sitting down.

Golden Gloves win inclusive project of the year award at Active Notts awards 2019.

Lesely Croucher, who served in the British army for over a decade said: I’m thankful for these sessions, because this has stopped me getting depression.

Golden Gloves won the inclusive project of the year award at the Active Notts ceremony, the awards were in aid of celebrating the work of community groups in Nottinghamshire and how they are using sport to enhance peoples lives.