Benefits of Volunteering at Hangar Community Hub

This is one of our volunteers Emma, who is a local resident to the area, and we met her via our food network.  You’ll catch Emma most Thursdays working at the morning Pantry, plus she is often to be found helping behind the scenes including collecting and transporting food to us, and restocking the Pantry.

And this is Sue, another of our amazing volunteers who often helps at both Sunday and Thursday pantries and behind-the-scenes including restocking and carrying out food collections.

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Freestyle Wrestling Classes Proving a Success for Children and Young People

We are currently the only Affiliated Wrestling Club in Wales.  Hangar Wrestling Club has been training adults in Freestyle Wrestling for 4 years, and our Coaches are from the highest calibre of backgrounds.  We currently have Arash Shojai and Amir Lak both who have wrestled since they were young, and it is their Cultural Sport.  We also have Ivaylo Sarov who has successfully introduced our Childrens Wrestling Program with 3 classes a week for children.

The children we train are from varied backgrounds and some where it is their Cultural Sport, with parents very keen to keep the practice going.  We have children from Russia, Ukraine, Dagestan and Sudan as well as from our locality too.  Community Sport is very important for them to make new friends, keep fit and get strong and we provide a family run environment and safe space for them to attend.  We also have free food on offer from our Community Pantry.

Coach Ivaylo at the United World Wrestling Veteran World Championships.

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Boxing Session with the University Royal Naval Unit URNUYoung People

Boxing Session with the University Royal Naval Unit URNU

On Sunday, we had a great Boxing Session with the University Royal Naval Unit URNU – Cardiff and Bristol.  It was a pleasure to host this group, who were extremely polite, well behaved and awesome.

The University Royal Naval Units (URNU), under the command of Britannia Royal Naval College, give university students a broader understanding of Royal Navy life. They offer the chance to gain transferable skills, from public speaking to organisation, by exposing the young person to leadership and management opportunities.

During their visit to South Wales, they visited the Green Mile Training Camp on the Saturday and ourselves on the Sunday, for a Boxing Session organised and ran by Lt Smith and CPO Harris.  Some great skills were spotted – including the girls – and some real potential and promise was found!  Sounds like a great weekend of Sport and Activity.

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See some of the work we do with young people

Step Into Sport is just one project we’re involved with at Hangar Community Hub.  We Coach young people in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and help them find potential and new pathways in their lives.  We are a safe place, a community and a place to meet new friends.  This project has had fantastic results in prevention of crime in the local areas, and it is ongoing.

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