KnockOut LGBTQ+ Amateur Boxing Club
Our club is KnockOut, an inclusive LGBTQ+ Amateur boxing club. We train at Sobell Leisure Centre in Finsbury Park on tuesdays and Thursdays, offering beginner and advanced classes in boxing, technique and fitness. Our members represent a large demographic, from late teens to over-60s, across the gender spectrum, ability, race and sexual identity
What is the goal / dream for your club?
It is pride month so we want to know what you are most proud of about your club?
What makes a good teammate for your club?
Why do you think it is important for there to be LGBTIQ+ specific sports clubs/groups?
"KnockOut is primarily a community club - we provide a space for LGBTQ+ people to come together, train together and socialise together.
Often, LGBTQ+ don’t feel like they belong in sports or have bad memories from gym class in school, and community clubs such as KnockOut prove that that’s simply not true.
Also, Pride month is such a wonderful time of the year and people across the community come together and feel connected and supported. With clubs like KnockOut, we keep that feeling of community going every month of the year."
Do you have an LGBTIQ+ sporting hero?
How do you think sport can benefit the LGBTIQ+ community?
"The statistics on LGBTQ+ issues with mental health and loneliness are truly shocking, and community clubs such as KnockOut can help because we offer a space for anyone to turn up and belong. Having a regular class gives you structure and helps you to socialise with your peers, and when you attend regularly, it’s natural to foster friendships with your classmates.
I also think that sports can help challenge stereotypes surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, proving that we are just as capable and competitive and confident.."
“The statistics on LGBTQ+ issues with mental health and loneliness are truly shocking, and community clubs such as KnockOut can help because we offer a space for anyone to turn up and belong.”