Billy’s boxing club is big hit in Helmand

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A SOLDIER from Newtownabbey has come up with a knock-out idea to help Afghan children in Helmand’s Nad-e Ali district.

Thanks to Ranger Billy Ball, a 32-year-old Territorial Army soldier from Newtownabbey, children are now flocking in their droves to take up what, to them, is a very unusual new pastime – boxing.

Shropshire-based soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, who are working alongside the Afghan National Army to provide security in the area, have opened a boxing club in the village of Noorzo Kalay. And Ranger Billy Ball who is an experienced boxer and qualified boxing coach in Northern Ireland, has led the coaching and organised games between the children.

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