Published On: Fri, Apr 18th, 2014 on 12:17 pm

Junior Witter to mentor performing Carlton Bolling College pupils

Junior Witter

Boxer Junior Witter

Boxing champ Junior Witter has backed Bradford’s Carlton Bolling College as it puts on a theatre production combining the world of boxing and dance.

Under the guidance of the Sheffield-based Hype Dance Company and the British, European, and Commonwealth light welterweight champion himself, pupils will bring art and sport together to create a new piece of work that combines boxing moves with street dance.

Junior, who is a former Carlton Bolling College pupil, said: “I’m really excited to be working with Hype on this project. It’s a fantastic way of engaging young people and introducing them to two exciting and challenging disciplines and I can’t wait to get started.”

The project follows a successful pilot scheme launched by the Hype Dance Company last year, which saw Sheffield pupils team up with boxers from the world famous Brendan Ingle Gym to create their own performance.

Hype Dance Artistic Director, Anna Olejnicki, said: “I can honestly say that the pilot scheme was one the most exciting community projects I have ever been involved with and I think it will have an equally great impact in Bradford.

“To have a sporting legend like Junior Witter on the team will be inspiring to everybody involved.”

The Hype team and Junior will be working alongside pupil groups of 14-year-olds, helping them devise their own performance based on the tough world and trials associated with boxing.

Headteacher at Carlton Bolling College, Adrian Kneeshaw, said: “We are very proud of our former student Junior in his fantastic achievements. We are also honoured to have Junior and his team to work with our students as he is a great ambassador and a role model.”

The project will begin at Carlton Bolling College on 28 April.

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