14th September 2001




Freshers at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside are being offered free self-defence classes to keep them safe now that they’re away from home for the first time.


The classes will be run by Lincoln’s Garry Petitt, qualified Sport England coach and fourth-dan black belt in karate, on Tuesday evenings at the university’s sports centre for six weeks starting on 24th September.


“The classes are all about improving safety awareness,” said Garry. “We’ll show students how to avoid getting into tricky situations, how to get out of them and how to use physical force only as a last resort.


“Lincoln is a relatively safe city but it is growing so students need to be more self- aware. The classes aren’t just aimed at females, we want to encourage male students too, particularly 18 to 20-year-olds, who can be susceptible to dangerous situations.”


Sports centre duty manager Helen Evans commented: “It’s all about local people caring about newcomers to the city - we want to make students feel as safe as possible.”


Garry has been involved with the university for some time now, having held the national karate championships at the sports centre in March. He also runs karate classes across the county - for more information contact 01522 880955.


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

e-mail: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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