A HEALTH and fitness scheme championed by Chorley welterweight Michael Jennings has been given a fighting chance by housing bosses.

Chorley Community Housing has teamed up with Jennings Community Boxing Academy to offer a free family and community exercise initiative since the start of the year.

And supporters of the scheme believe it has given a timely boost to a host of families in the Chorley area who didn't necessarily want to get tied up with gym memberships and long-term deals.

Samantha Hornsby, CCH neighbourhood development officer, said: "I am really pleased that we have been able to support such a great project.

"The families who took part were able to start a more active lifestyle without any subscription charges or long-term contracts."

The academy, run by the former WBU International and British champion and his professional boxing coach brother David, is based at Coppull Enterprise Centre and was established in 2013.

Under the CCH-backed scheme, coaches ran health and fitness seminars, including healthy eating, and provided training booklets for the new attendees.

Neil Aspinall, of the Box 2 Fitness programme, added: "We have been able to offer many hours of free gym time thanks to this funding. Many young locals and their extended families have been able to train alongside some of the professionals here at the gym."

The academy, which is run on a not-for-profit basis, has also been assisted in the past by grants from the Sported organisation and Chorley Council.