A single mum determined to cut crime rates is starting martial arts classes for kids in a bid to get them off the streets.
Danielle Curzon, 29, is working on plans to open Market Rasen Amateur Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Academy.
The cage fighting referee will run classes for 12 to 19 year olds on Friday and Saturday nights to encourage them to ‘get off the streets’.
And the not-for-profit centre will also benefit the wider community - there will be many different classes, such as amateur boxing, women’s anti rape and self defence, children’s kickboxing, anti bullying programmes, pilates, zumba, yoga, personal training, women’s fitness, thai boxing and ju jitsu.
Danielle said: “I don’t want my kid hanging round on the street and getting into mischief, that’s when the crime rate goes up.
“Taking part in sport is important for our fitness and mental well-being and it will give young people a chance to work towards something worthwhile.
“No-one will be forced to fight – there doesn’t have to be any contact whatsoever.”
And a structured anti-bullying course will teach children about how it makes people feel when they are bullied.
Danielle said: “I feel that with all my experience I’m ready to pass on what I’ve learnt to others. I’m putting my all into this and want to give something to the community.
“The town doesn’t have anything like this – it’s totally unique.
“All the money the business makes will be ploughed back into the business to make improvements.”
Danielle is considering several venues for the centre, which is due to be opened within the next six months. Ahead of its opening Danielle will run classes from the dance studio at De Aston School and Festival Hall. Details will be confirmed shortly.
Danielle would like to hear from anyone who would like to share ideas or help out with the project. Call 07854 827128.