Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg paid a flying visit to Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Gym yesterday, meeting atheletes using the facility and the firefighters that train them.

The visit came after the gym won the Inspire Mark, an award set up by government to recognise Olympics-inspired projects making a difference to communities.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Peter O'Reilly said: "The gym uses sport to break down barriers in what is a very diverse community and we are delighted it is associated with the Olympics legacy through the Inspire programme.

"Our firefighters are positive role models who teach discipline, respect and courage, helping young people grow and develop while offering an alternative from antisocial behaviour or negative street activity.

"The athletes at London 2012 are an inspiration to young people. We have seen that first-hand at the gym when we have had successful athletes visiting and motivating young people. We hope the success of the Olympics will lead to even more young people wanting to take part in sport - and we will be delighted to welcome them to our gym."

Among those the Deputy Prime Minister chatted to was 14-year-old Lizzy Dillon who won the Amateur Boxing Association Championships in her class in December after training at Moss Side. He also met Trafford Prince's Trust team members who were playing football at the station as part of GMFRS' Firefit project.

Moss Side Station Manager Phil Nelson said: "It was really nice that the Deputy Prime Minister spent almost an hour chatting to everyone training here. It was nice too that he recognised all the hard work that our firefighters and volunteers have been doing in running the Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Gym and keeping it going - they run 20 sessions a week and will continue to do so inspired by the London 2012 Olympics."

Among other the GMFRS projects credited with the Inspire Mark are the Irlam Fire Station Fire League and youth engagement programmes such as Firefly and Fire Cadets.

For more pictures of the Deputy Prime Minister's visit go to the GMFRS Facebook page!/manchesterfire