THE dedication of a group of South Tyneside youngsters to learn new skills has been praised by a borough boxing champ.
Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson knows only too well the success which can be achieved through hard work and commitment.
The 28-year-old, who fought his way to being crowned England’s super-flyweight champ last year, called in to see young people at Horsley Hill Youth Group, who were being presented with certificates after taking part in a number of courses, including first aid and life-saving skills.
The youngsters, aged 12 to 17, were also handed certificates for taking part in an archery course and dancing.
Anthony said: “It was really nice to have been invited to present the young people with their certificates. Quite a few asked me to sign their certificates ,which was nice.
“It’s just great to see so many young people going to the youth club rather than them hanging around the streets.
I used to go the club when I was younger, so to see the club is still drawing the kids in – it’s great.Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson
“I used to go the club when I was younger, so to see the club is still drawing the kids in – it’s great.”
Horsley Hill Youth Group is based at Marsden Health and Wellbeing Centre in Marsden Road, South Shields.
As well as providing a place where young people can go on an evening, the group also offers members the chance to take part in residential and various courses to aimed at boosting their confidence and life skills.
The club is open for those aged 12-17 on Mondays to Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm. Admission is 50p.