Alloa Boxing Club has launched free sessions for anyone experiencing a mental health battle.

The first session was held last Saturday (January 13) from 10am to 11am, and is set to continue on a weekly basis. No booking is required, and anyone can go along for a workout.

John Whyte, head coach at Alloa Boxing Club, said: “We’re going to try and keep it running every Saturday, and hopefully it’ll build up a wee bit.

“I’ve had a couple of people mailing the page, they’re just a bit nervous about coming down but want to come, so hopefully one or two of them are going come this Saturday.”

According to the NHS, regular exercise can boost your mood if you have depression, and its particularly useful for people with mild to moderate depression.

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Speaking about the first session, John said: “We introduced ourselves and basically just did a wee workout, obviously we didn’t really speak to people in depth about stuff or that because some people don’t want to talk, they just want to go there and see if the workout helps them.

“We did a warm-up, we did a circuit, then we did some punching bags and pads which is good to get a bit of aggression out. If you’ve never done it before it’s quite therapeutic.”

Anyone who is interested in attending the next session can go along, but you can also message the boxing club's Facebook page to let them know you’re planning to attend if you prefer.