Frank Bruno has previously visited Nottingham School of Boxing as a guest to support various events.

British boxing icon, Frank Bruno MBE, is giving young men in the city the opportunity to open up about their mental health issues as part of his new project, The Walking Talking Men’s club.

The former World Heavyweight Champion, who has teamed up with Nottingham the based charity Switch Up, has become an official ambassador and collaborator.

His new scheme will encourage young men who are suffering from mental health issues, or are just looking for someone to talk to, to go for a chat and a casual walk in his company.

Marcellus Baz, who is the founder of Switch Up, dedicates his time to provide a safe space for teenagers, directing them away from a life of crime and violence through the art of boxing.

He said:

“Bruno reached out because he was inspired after I won the Unsung Hero Award at the BBC Sports personality awards in 2016.”

“His ethos and our ethos aligned so it just works”

Marcellus Baz, founder of switch up

The Frank Bruno Foundation will be working hand in hand with Switch Up to help both make a difference to young people who are at risk of gang and crime violence, and to help those who don’t have access to counselling for mental health.

Marcellus Baz added:

“Frank is a British legend; having his experience of mental well-being alongside our team’s specialist knowledge of serious youth violence and knife crime will provide two expert resources that will have a real impact on our community and country.”

Details for the Walking Talking Men’s Club are yet to be finalised by the charity but are expected early in 2020. For further information visit http://www.switch-up.org.uk/.