Curtis Valentine outside his boxing club in Forest Fields, Nottingham

”My wife cheated on me and left me mentally unstable, so I started the boot camp to put my life back together.”

Curtis Valentine from Nottingham, started the Valentine Boxing Boot Camp in 2021 after his mental health went downhill.

The 42-year-old was inspired to start the boot camp during the pandemic after a difficult break-up, struggling with his own mental health and witnessing a lot of his friends going through the same thing.

Curtis said: ”I put on my Facebook, ‘If anybody wants to come and train with me tomorrow I will be there at 11am’, and within a month 30-40 people were showing up.”

He continued, “The first session went on way better than I thought, everyone was dancing along, all smiles and happy to be there.”

People struggling with mental health, addiction, and even younger children being bullied can benefit from the sessions.

“An underweight 15-year-old boy came to me,he was being bullied, I trained him and he LATER managed to stand up to his bully.”

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Curtis Valentine showing off his middleweight champions belt he won in 2012

A 15-year-old boy came in crying because he was having a difficult time being bullied at school, but Curtis managed to inspire and train him.

“A few months later he came to the gym and showed me a video of him defending himself against the bully.”

It isn’t just this boy Curtis has motivated through training and guidance.

Katherine Williams a 30-year-old team member at the boot camp, said: “Curtis is an enthusiastic boxing trainer, I managed to lose weight, tone up and build my confidence.”

She added: ”It is a friendly environment and the whole team are so helpful. It is perfect for beginners.”

Want to give it a go yourself? The doors are open from 11am until 2pm every day of the week. Children pay £6 per session and adults pay £7 per session.

Boot camp team members at the club in Radford, Nottingham

There is also evening classes for children from 6pm to 7pm and adult sessions from 7pm to 8pm.

If you’d like to like to get out and do something new that doesn’t involve boxing, Curtis is also promoting the Valentines Ball at Ghost Nottingham on Saturday 10 February from 10pm-4am.

The event is for those 25 and above who are looking for love this February, with DJs, drinks and mingling.

In terms of long-term plans, Curtis wants to extend the boot camp and aspires to have a partnership with a charity to expand Valentine Boxing Boot Camp.

He is also planning on reserving a room to start a podcast, where the team members will be sharing the progress of their journey.

Curtis finished by saying: ”People need to live a healthy lifestyle if they want to turn their life around.”

His boot camp is a wonderful representation of boxing not just enhancing physical health but improving mental health, too.

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