Police and local gym come together to provide free self-defence classes

Free classes for women and girls in Uxbridge | Hillingdon Today
One of the self-defence sessions at Simply Gym in Uxbridge / Metropolitan Police Service

The Metropolitan Police Service and Simply Gym in Uxbridge have come together to provide self-defence sessions for women and girls.

The free classes for women and girls, aged 16 years and over, were attended by approximately 70 individuals, who were provided with goody bags including information on support and resources.

PC Lisanne Rice, Uxbridge BID funded police officer, said: “Violence against women and girls has been very much in the spotlight and with these heightened concerns in our community I want to do what I can to improve the confidence of females in being able to keep themselves safe, and also to make them aware of the support that exists if they need it.”

Richard Ross, manager of Simply Gym in Uxbridge, said: “From speaking with family and friends and knowing some of their concerns I wanted to share my knowledge and defence tactics that I have learnt along my way in the security and protection jobs to help other females within our community safe. “I want people to have knowledge and confidence in how to deal with certain situations should they occur, and I hope we can keep these kind of classes going in the future so everyone has the chance to learn and use these skills to keep themselves safe in all aspects of life – out in the streets and also within an abusive relationship if needed.”