A Lincoln academy is building on the fighting success of some of its pupils by launching a new kickboxing club in the new year.
Eight Branston Community Academy students have reached the level of black belt with three winning medals on the international stage.
Teenage black belt Sam Fatchett is leading the project to launch the new club for 11 to 14-year-olds at the school.
He is one of the school’s pupils who have reached black belt after years of training at Bardney Martial Arts School.
In total there are 12 academy pupils at the martial arts school, with six now instructing on a regular basis.
Sam believes the new club can be instrumental in helping pupils with PE exams and teaching them valuable skills.
He said: “Kickboxing is a great sport for all students as it teaches them life skills. It teaches them how to work together as a team and helps massively with self-confidence.”
Branston headteacher Peter Beighton said: “We think it’s a fantastic idea and a great way for our students to learn new skills, develop confidence and strengthen self-discipline.
“It’s also a great way for instructors to develop their own teaching and training experience.”