ALAN TITCHMARSH and the team from ITV’s Love Your Garden were in Nottingham on Tuesday 25 th July to officially open a fantastic new outside area for Nottingham School of Boxing’s gym users, gain confidence, and learn new life skills.
The garden, which has been created at the Nottingham School of Boxing on Woodborough Road, will be revealed on the show in August. The brief given to the ITV team was to create a space that would act as a retreat for the students of the school and its sister organisation Switch Up, as well as providing areas to grow produce.
Marcellus Baz BEM, managing director of the Nottingham School of Boxing and Switch Up, said: “Although I can’t say anything specific about the design of the garden until the show has aired, I can say that all the kids and our whole our team is thrilled with what Alan and his crew have created. This garden will support the work of both organisations, giving them somewhere to relax and escape from their normal lives as well as learning new skills.
“The young people we work with often find it tough to be patient and focus on one activity at a time – obviously this is really important for sustaining a job. I want the garden to teach them that hard work eventually pays off as well as using the produce
to hold basic cooking lessons.”
The intended use of the garden feeds into the future growth plans of Nottingham School of Boxing and Switch Up. In addition to using physical activity and the discipline of boxing to help young people from deprived communities, Marcellus wants the organisation to grow and offer additional education around basic life skills, such as cooking, as well as providing counselling support under one roof. Both organisations, run under The Marcellus Baz Group banner, are looking for a permanent home to make this possible.
Marcellus Baz, who was heading for a career as a professional boxer before a knife attack, set up the Nottingham School of Boxing to give young people a place to learn the discipline of sport and avoid gang violence. Following this, he created Switch-Up,
an organisation that provides wider mentorship support.
To find out more, to get involved, or to donate to this worthy cause, visit http://www.switch-up.org.uk/contact-us.html or contact Joe Soltysik at Cartwright Communications – Jozef@cartwrightcommunications.co.uk.