Boxing master class with Zaiphan Morris for the people that live at Livability's John...

Livability’s John Grooms Court – a care home for disabled people in Norwich – is taking an exciting approach to supporting the people that live at the home to pursue fitness and health activities – through boxing with Zaiphan Morris.

The Livability team have been delighted to welcome the training expertise of the Norwich based boxer – a 32-year-old super-featherweight champion.

Working in partnership with Sharon Plummer Norwich Fitness Club, Zaiphan has run boxing training sessions for the people Livability supports.

Last December, Zaiphan pledged to the residents that win or lose his next major title, he would come back to see how everyone’s skills were improving and to show his belt if he did win.

True to his promise, he has since returned, following this victory against Latvian Aleksandrs Birkenbergs, who he beat on points over eight rounds to win the International Classic Challenge belt.

The Livability team have been delighted to welcome Zaiphan back and benefit from his inspiration and support of their boxing activities.

‘Livability work hard to support the people we work with be active and healthy. Boxing can promote cardio vascular health, along with better hand eye co-ordination. It also helps with upper body strength which is important for our residents as it enables some to maintain independence with transferring from wheelchair to bed etc. Boxing decreases stress, reduces frustration and improves the general wellbeing of our residents. It’s great to have Zaiphan with us.’

‘Some people might not consider boxing a sport that disabled people might participate in, but at Livability we want to challenge assumptions and tackle the restrictions that disabled people can face. We also run a ski club and two of our residents are participating in sponsored sky dives. If we can do it safely, we’ll pull out all the stops!’

Livability’s John Grooms Court is a 27 bedded residential home for disabled adults in Norwich.