ENQUIRIES about female boxing and fitness are on the rise after a club staged an open day.

For three hours, Holmes Chapel Boxing Club was open for women and girls to call in, look around or be more adventurous and hit the bag or work with a coach on the pads.

Every half hour there was a set activity in the ring, including pad sessions with coaches and some of the current female competition boxers demonstrating their ring craft and skills with technical sparring.

Holmes Chapel Boxing Club open day

Holmes Chapel Boxing Club open day

The open day was part of the Always #fuelherfuture campaign to keep girls in sport, with the club receiving a small grant from Always and Sported, the community group support organisation, to enable the event to take place.

Zoe Brownlow, coach at the club and lead for the hugely successful ‘Ladies That Punch' group, said: "We wanted to show that boxing is all inclusive. There is something for everyone.

"We know it can be daunting for people who haven't been in a boxing club before but we wanted to showcase our amazing community facilities.

Holmes Chapel Boxing Club open day

Holmes Chapel Boxing Club open day

"It was a really enjoyable day. Lots of new faces, the club was busy and buzzing throughout.

"You could see confidence grow as people became more comfortable."

Since the open day, the club have received a number of new enquiries for the girls class (11 to 18 year olds) and the non-contact boxing fitness group ‘Ladies that Punch’.

Plans are now being considered to run a similar even for the club's over 55s group.