Cage fighting vicar hosts classes at former church

A cross overlooks the nightly sessions. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A Northamptonshire vicar is providing young people with a venue to cage fight by hosting classes at a former church.

The Reverend Paul Smith holds the martial arts lessons every week night at the site in Corby.

Whilst it may seem an odd match at first, he says the church has always had a strong link with sport:

Many of the people who attend have had troubled pasts. Here they are given the opportunity to get fit, disciplined, and possibly even begin a new career.

Reese McCarron sizes up an opponent. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Reese McCarron, 18, is one of the clubs rising stars. He says it has helped him turn his life around.

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