Tyson Fury’s dad opens up about mental health issues during Nottingham gymnasium visit
The father of two-time heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has stopped by a Nottingham gym to talk to young people who may have mental health issues.
John Fury, a former professional boxer himself, took time out at the Nottingham School of Boxing in Woodborough Road for an event where he supported young people with their boxing skills.
He also spoke to people who may be at risk of criminal behavior.
Mr Fury, who normally takes his place in his 32-year-old son’s corner during the fighting, has visited as part of a number of initiatives from the Nottingham School of Boxing and its sister organization Switch Up CIC, to strengthen support for young people in the city. who experience higher levels of anxiety and mental health issues after the Covid-19 lockdown.
He traveled on Monday, May 24, to participate in the children’s boxing session and to talk about his own mental health issues in a question-and-answer session for older children and adults.
Mr. Fury said: “It is more important than ever that we support our young people, especially those from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds.
“Hearing about someone who has been there, done this and still succeeded can make all the difference when you are going through a difficult time.
“I hope that my visit will have a positive impact on some of those who were present today, I intend to strengthen our relationship with (Marcellus) Baz and consider other initiatives to raise health awareness. mental. “
John Fury and his team have previously worked with Nottingham School of Boxing and Switch Up as part of his clothing brand Fury DNA which has worked with organizations across the country to develop a clothing line focused on wellness and empowerment. motivation.
In addition to creating safe and accessible opportunities for Nottingham youth to stay active, the Nottingham School of Boxing and Switch Up has devised new ways to tackle negative mental health over the past 12 months, as well as expanding what they do by delivering food. packages for families outside of its traditional downtown mission.
Marcellus Baz BEM, Founder and CEO of Switch Up CIC and the Nottingham School of Boxing, said: “As a community gymnasium, the lockdown posed a huge risk to the vulnerable children and young adults we support – we continue to see its impact and do as much as possible to provide additional advice.
“Part of that is providing access to inspiring stories of challenges to overcome and the Fury family certainly represents that. My team and I are so grateful that John was able to visit and show everyone that success on the adversity is possible. “
The Nottingham School of Boxing team responded to the lockdown by setting up six virtual assistance sessions per week, including daily fitness challenges, boxing and exercise sessions with the trainers, stories at the Bedtime and Switch Up Snacktime, which teaches viewers how to cook easy, cheap, and healthy meals.
As soon as the restrictions eased, the team also held free weekly outdoor sessions and reopened the gymnasium in line with government and England boxing guidelines, while volunteers gathered and delivered packages food for families in need.