What is it
What is it
Brothers Through Boxing (BTB) is a non–contact Boxercise and general fitness programme designed to help 16-25yr old males live happier, longer lives. BTB is a peer led “go to” project, whereby its main object is to tackle the issue of male isolation and loneliness, by increasing social connections. This is achieved through peer led discussion and the “Road to Resurgence” Handbook. The project aims to establish a community of friends, who help and support one another, whereby they leave a training session felling safer, closer and able to reach out for help with pride.
Each BTB programme lasts for six months, where Boxercise is used as a “common ground” upon which new friendships can be developed within the group as individuals work towards achieving their Bronze Boxercise Award. After completing the initial six-month programme, “Brothers” can join the Alumni training group to maintain and make new friendships, whilst also supporting new participants entering stage one. During this time “Brothers” are also able to work towards a Silver and then Gold Boxercise Award.
All BTB programmes are peer led where everyone has the opportunity to have their say through the use of rolling peer led committees, of which change every three months. Committees will arrange monthly social events for the “Brothers” outside of training to further strengthen bonds of trust and togetherness.
Peer led discussions are designed to break male stereo-types that have detrimental impacts upon health e.g. depression, or how to reach out for support from fellow males during times of change such as the birth of a child or the end of an important relationship.
In addition to peer led discussions a Brothers journey is supported through completing the “Road to Resurgence” toolset. This is a set of self-reflective measuring tools that track progression through the programme, ultimately it enables Brothers to evaluate and manage their progress to developing and maintaining new and existing social connections.