THE SS8 Fight School have held their 2019 awards evening for their children and teenage students.

The event was attended by more than 150 students, family and friends and was hosted by Diana Sigston, the SS8 head coach and owner, and her son Michael Hales who is a professional MMA fighter.

And Sigston was delighted to be able to put on such an enjoyable evening at Star Sports on Canvey Island.

“It’s always great when everyone comes together for these nights,” said Sigston.

“Everyone is always working hard in the gym and working towards the goals they’re trying to achieve.

“But it’s nice to be able to take a look back at the progress which has been made, especially for the children who really enjoy it.”

Young fighters from the Canvey based gym picked up prizes on the night.

And Sigston felt fun was had by all.

“All of the children were delighted receiving their awards and were star struck with the red carpet event,” said Sigston.

“SS8 Fight School prides itself on creating a fun and friendly environment where young people can come and train just to get fit or with the goal of competing in the future.

“All the coaches at SS8 Fight School have also fought at professional level, allowing them to give the children the highest level of coaching available.”

The SS8 Fight School has four coaches, including Sigston herself.

“We have great coaches here,” said Sigston.

“Darren Geisha held the British title in Mixed Martial Arts and George Smith was one of Britain’s top professional boxers and fought for the British title.

“I’ve held numerous boxing and kickboxing titles and my son Mike is a top MMA fighter.

“He is currently signed to SBG in Ireland, where he trains alongside Conor McGregor and many other UFC Fighters.”

However, Sigston is keen for SS8 to reach a wide range of people.

“We cater for all ages with the aim of encouraging children to be more fit, healthy and confident,” said Sigston.

“The gym works with the local community in providing a safe environment for the children and teenagers.

“The aim is to get them off the streets and to encourage them to get fit.”