BOXERS and rugby league players are proving they have brains as well as brawn by backing a new learning project.
Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club has launched a scheme aimed at getting sportsmen to learn while they train.
The Conversion to Learning Project is backed by some of the best-known names in the sports.
They include rugby league stars Sonny Nickle, Stuart Fielden and John Stankevitch, and InternationaI Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton and former champion Barry McGuigan.
Rawthorpe ABC founder Mark Reynolds said:
"Many people go ahead with their chosen sport and don't always complete their education. If they don't make the grade they need training for other work.
"We launched the project in December and it's going really well, with lots of support from the sporting community.
"Our first computer courses start today."
The club now has 10 computers, which have been supported by businessman Joe Margaglione, the Syngenta company and the GMB trade union.
Sportsmen can brush up on their numeracy and literacy skills without leaving the gym, so helping to develop alternative careers out of the ring and off the playing field.
The project is backed by the Professional Boxing Association and the Rugby League Players' Association. Moldgreen amateur rugby club is also involved.
For more details ring Mr Reynolds on 07747846977.