Boxer inspires the girls to get sporty at Sheffield school

Pictured is boxer Dermot Gascoyne visiting Parkwood Academy,Longley Ave West,Sheffield,as part of its 'Living for Sport' project.Dermot with pupil Mushiba Mate
Pictured is boxer Dermot Gascoyne visiting Parkwood Academy,Longley Ave West,Sheffield,as part of its 'Living for Sport' project.Dermot with pupil Mushiba Mate
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A FORMER boxer inspired girls at a Sheffield school to get fighting fit during a special visit.

Dermot Gascoyne, who was an international heavyweight, called in to Parkwood Academy as an athlete mentor.

He met a group of 14 girls who have left the normal PE curriculum behind to concentrate on less traditional activities such as zumba, cheerleading and gymnastics as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport project.

The aim is to increase the self-esteem and confidence of students, increasing the chances of them taking part in sport.

Teacher Katie Sewell, head of PE at Parkwood Academy, said: “Dermot told the girls about his life, how it started off hard but he turned it around by working hard.

“He tried to inspire them.

“The project has had a massive impact on the students.

“There used to be problems with students forgetting kit and now nobody does. The girls say they like PE and they are more likely to get involved.”

Thai boxer Rachel MacKenzie is also to visit the school in May.