Andrew Reynolds continues to back World Kickboxing Champion Paul Bernard’s unique black belt scholarship scheme to help high-spirited youngsters steer clear of trouble by teaching them discipline, respect and self-worth through martial arts.
Self-made millionaire Andrew Reynolds has pledged a further £3,000 to the programme run jointly by Precision Martial Arts and Hart and Rushmoor Youth Inclusion and Support Panel (YISP). The money will continue to fund the three-to-five year black belt course for three Hampshire boys.
Mr. Reynolds has been impressed by the progress made by the three lads – Ross Clynes, aged 14, Aiden Nisbet, 13, and 12-year-old Paul Linsell – who started the course in autumn 2009. Parents and case workers have seen positive changes in the youngsters since they began the course. All three have learned to control their anger at home and at school.
Andrew Reynolds said, ‘When I first learnt of the scholarship scheme from the local news I immediately wanted to become involved. This project offers a great foundation of stability for these young people and is a project I am very proud to be supporting.’
Master Bernard added, “We are very grateful to Mr Reynolds for his vision and support for this project. His generous donation will help these three boys continue through their black belt scholarship,”
“The scheme is proof that martial arts can help children with challenging behaviours turn their lives around. The three YISP boys I am coaching have come along in leaps and bounds. They arrived with attitude, but within six weeks were attentive and keen to learn.
“All three have gained confidence, control and discipline. They have learned to walk away from trouble. The boys are determined to finish the black belt scholarship course at Precision, and thanks to Andrew Reynolds, they are well on the way to achieving that.”
YISP, part of the Wessex Youth Offending Team, works with children who play truant, have problems at home and at school or have come to the notice of the police. Often, the eight to 13-year-olds are referred to YISP by police, children’s services, teachers, community safety teams and even parents who are keen to stop them turning to crime.
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