Halifax boxing gym puts community first

A Halifax based professional boxer has opened a new gym in the centre of town, working with local groups and amateur boxers to improve their physical and mental health.

By Abigail Kellett
Monday, 30th May 2022, 4:00 pm

Josh Sandland founded Halifax Star Boxing in early 2022, after five years as a professional boxer.

The initial goal of the gym was to offer professional level training close to the town centre, something that he had struggled to find in the early days of his career. This quickly expanded due to the interest shown from local community organisations.

“It was always the goal for Halifax Star Boxing to be a place for people to start their journey to go professional” Josh commented. “As well as that, we’re seeing a lot of interest from local groups, charities, and schools to offer a really important service to the community.

Josh Sandland, Founder of Halifax Star Boxing

The gym now works with several companies and non-profits locally. Happy Days, a local homeless charity, use the space to provide health and fitness for recently ex-homeless individuals. St Augustine’s centre has a number of refugees who train at the gym, with local schools also coming to train.

“What’s so inspiring for us is how people from all walks of life have come to the gym for the same thing” Josh added. “Whether you’re a young lad wanting to go pro, a school kid who wants some exercise or a refugee looking for an outlet, everyone here gets the same treatment and the same outcomes. Boxing is a fantastic way to give structure to these peoples’ lives and has huge impacts on mental health and their wellbeing outside of the gym”.

The gym is already expanding rapidly and is planning on offering a package for local schools where training can be an extracurricular activity, as well as welcoming more visitors from the local area.

“We want Halifax Star Boxing to not just be a place where someone can start their boxing journey, but an important service for the community in the future” Josh concluded.