The Brendan Ingle Foundation was set up to address the needs of the socially excluded and those at risk of becoming socially marginalised by pursing the following objectives.

  • Promoting social inclusion
  • Realising the needs of the socially excluded
  • Helping the socially excluded reintegrate into society through sport, mentoring and education.

Brendan spent his adult life making bad kids good, and good kids into better kids so society would be better for everyone. The Brendan Ingle Foundation is creating opportunity and togetherness through various local projects. We strive to build a safer, kinder and bigger community that everyone will benefit from.

Ingle Boxing

For over four decades Brendan Ingle MBE and the Ingle Gym have been training, managing and guiding.

Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, Ryan Rhodes, Johnny Nelson, Prince Naseem Hamed, Junior Witter and Kell Brook are all synonymous with the gym and all learnt their trade in the classic, raw and no-nonsense surroundings of a converted church hall.

Since 1964 iron girders have watched over, while holding rows of heavybags for the fighters to train as the gym has forged champions.

A rough, worn wooden floor; rattled and splintered with dust collecting in nearby corners, but still showing lines and circles; dictating how footwork taught in the gym should be maintained and mastered.

Two speedbags hinged on the walls and a ring standing alone at the end of the hall, where it has been since the beginning.

Medicine balls and iron bars used to anchor feet to sit up and strengthen abdominals.

Bars attached to the iron girders above the gym serve for pull ups, while metal rings on the wall are hinged for holding drinks.

No set cardiovascular area; members skip, step up, run laps of the hall or use Newman Road itself where the gym is based.

A changing room, a few old lockers, showers, toilets and the door in and out. Radiators turned on in the winter and side doors opened in summer.

No air conditioning, treadmills or hand bikes but everything a fighter needs and requires to train.


Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

It’s been a while since we updated our blog, it’s unfortunate that due to COVID-19 and the temporary closing of gyms and schools, most of our projects are currently on hold. That’s not to say the Ingle Runners have hung up their trainers and the Brendan Ingle Foundation has come to a total halt. May 18th-24th marks the official Mental Health Awareness Week, and we feel compelled to share some information with you, our followers around this campaign. This year, the Mental Health Foundation have focused on the theme of kindness. Here is a link to their homepage which is full of useful resources and information! https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week Whether you have previously had issues with your mental health or not, we find ourselves in incredibly testing times. We aren’t living in our normal routines and unable to access our usual outlets such as the gym, social arenas like bars and restaurants, and we can’t see our families for a much needed hug! Some people will be feeling lonely and isolated, others will feel a pressing anxiety for what the future may hold, and many will be having financial worries too. Before the Coronavirus pandemic was declared, 792 million people world wide were effected by mental health issues. It’s hard to even imagine what the numbers are today. There are plenty of steps we can take to maintain good mental and emotional health, such as exercise regularly, eat wholesome nutritious food, express your feelings and emotions to your friends, family and colleagues, do your best to strike balance in your lifestyle, find a hobby or passion that you can focus on (this can be something as simple as knitting, reading a book, volunteering and so on.) However we understand that these things are often easier said than actually done… Mental Health is invisible, it comes in many different forms and disorders and there is a vast spectrum of ways in which it takes hold of peoples lives. To name only a few, depression & anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), eating disorders, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Social Anxiety and Post-traumatic Stress Order. It’s important to remember that although we cannot see it, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Follow the link to the website for Mind Charity to get a little more information on different types of mental health problems… https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/   Sometimes when a person is suffering they struggle to reach out for help, they may feel like they’re the only person feeling this way, they might think they are a burden, or that there simply is no way out of that dark place… During lockdown, AND on the other side, make a point of reaching out to those who might be on their own or you could need help. Helplines: Samaritans: 116 123 Mind Charity: 0300 123 3393 Sheffield Rethink helpline: 0808 801 0440 NHS Single Point of Access: 0114 223636 Remember, you are not alone.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Keep calm and Be Kind

Amidst the outbreak of a pandemic, we are in anxious times of uncertainty and panic. Whilst the Coronavirus is what’s on everyones mind, and anxiety inducing to say the least, we need to stay calm and connected as a community. At present, it’s hard to grasp the scale of the virus, and this can be incredibly overwhelming… It’s important that we take care of our mental health as much as we do our physical health. As well as communicate, and treat one another with compassion. Perhaps you are absolutely fine, but always take it into consideration that people cope with situations differently, so do check in with one another. With all of this talk of self isolation it’s important that within our communities, we act with kindness. Think of the more vulnerable members of society, is there anyone you can reach out to and help in some way? SHOP RESPONSIBLY, if we all shop for what we need, there will be enough food & supplies for everyone. The media is a powerful thing, being well informed is important, but we must learn when enough is enough. Try not to let the anticipation and ever changing statistics take over your every thought and feeling. Remember the fatality rate is very low, and to ensure we prioritise the safety of the elderly and already unwell, not forgetting we are very fortunate to have homes and beds to take refuge in. How we treat one another in desperate times, will change how we come out on the other side. Small acts of kindness will bridge the gaps that at the moment are being filled with fear. There are a number of things you can do to manage any anxiety about the virus… Limit your time spent reading/watching the news & social media Go outside for walks in fresh open air (if you are not well) Listen to music & podcasts Read a book Spend time with family at home Stay connected; FaceTime/make a phone with your friends and family There are some basic steps to take that keep your chances of contracting the virus to a minimum, these are as followed: -Wash your hands as often as you can (for 20 seconds) using sanitiser gel if warm running water is not available Avoid touching your face, mouth or eyes with unwashed hands Keep your time spent in public or busy places to a minimum Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. (NOT into your hands!) Coronavirus Symptoms: (stay at home for 7 days if you have any of the following) High temperature (& chills) Continuous coughing Shortness of breathe/ trouble breathing Follow the link below for guidelines and advice on Coronavirus on the NHS website… https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Rogers Inspiring Story: In His own Words…

I’m 53 years old born in June 1967. I got married at St Thomas’ church opposite the gym 30 years ago in September this year. I have 3 children who are all now grown up. I work at Supertram on the wheel lathe ( I machine the tram tyres) In January 2017 I weighed 18 st 9.5 lbs I’d been wanting to lose weight for sometime but didn’t have the know how or the determination. My daughter had joined weight watchers at the village hall a few months earlier and lost over 20lbs. I hoped it could help me and was inspired to join by her success . To be honest it wasn’t really my environment sat in a room full of women discussing healthy eating and weight loss issues. But I decided to give it my all and committed to it 100%. I followed the plan and with the support of everyone at the group the weight dropped off 5 st 4.5 lbs in just under a year.  I also did C25K to help me but it took me about 6 months to complete the 9 week plan . Over the next 6 months I ran a bit more, but my weight fluctuated. In June 2018, I got a Bakers cyst behind my knee and this unfortunately me stopped doing any exercise for 3 months! This lead me to gradually put weight back on and whilst I never gave up, I wasn’t as focused and stopped following the plan properly.  Once the cyst cleared up I just didn’t pick up my exercise again and slowly gained just over 2 st over the next 12 months. In Summer of 2019 I started to become aware of a running group for women down at the Ingle gym as one of my daughters friends was running with them. I saw pictures on Facebook and Instagram of them going up Jenkin rd and was incredibly impressed! I’d also seen posts about the interval sessions on the common on Thursdays too but held back from joining. I then I saw that there would be a mens group starting up. I had a chat with a friend Andy Barker about joining and we both said we’d possibly give it a go . My eldest son Jordan asked if I fancied doing concord Parkrun, I’d not been running for ages but decided to give it a go. It was just before the mens group launched and I think to publicise it the women’s group were out in force! You couldn’t help but be impressed with the way they supported each other that day, the camaraderie between them was tremendous! I had a chat with Wayne about joining the mens group after the run and although I couldn’t make the first meeting I joined on the 2nd Tuesday. It was a bit of a shock when we went up Newman rd that night !! But I learned it’s ok to run /walk if you need to. It was a tough start but I was hooked. As the weeks went by I slowly improved my stamina. I started attending Thursday nights too and have really got hooked on Saturday Parkrun. Everyone at the group is really supportive of each other even though most are far better runners than me they never look down on you. Weight wise, the running has really focused my mind again. I know now mindset is so important. Since the the turn of the year I’m ½ stone down and at my lowest since May last year. My goal is to get myself in to the healthy BMI range and with amount of running I’m doing combined with healthy food choices I’m sure its attainable.                                    


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