One-off Leeds United trainers gift for kind-hearted Armley gym boss

A Thai boxing gym owner from Leeds who went 'above and beyond' to help his members and the wider community during Covid lockdowns has been handed a unique gift in recognition of his work.

By Mark Lavery
Saturday, 15th May 2021, 4:45 am
Updated Saturday, 15th May 2021, 8:42 am
Craig Chapman of The Pool the Presenting Mike Tobin with the custom made trainers
Craig Chapman of The Pool the Presenting Mike Tobin with the custom made trainers

Mike Tobin, who runs Tobin's Gym in Armley, operated a foodbank from the gym during lockdown last year.

And he organised fundraising and donations to provide 50 Christmas food hampers for families across Leeds.

Dad-of-three Mike, 55, of Rodley, also held one to training sessions when Covid restrictions allowed for gym members who were strugglíng during lockdown.

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The custom made trainers

Mike's gym members wanted to reward him for his efforts so collected cash to buy him some custom made trainers.

Craig Chapman - a co-director of footwear customisation business The Pool - said Mike is a lifelong Leeds United fan so they custom made a unique pair of Adidas Leeds United/Tobin's Gym trainers.

Craig, who presented Mike with thje trainers, said: "Mike has gone above and beyond through Covid to look after its members physically and mentally."

Mike said: "The trainers are brilliant. I was shocked but really appreciate it."

The custom made trainining shoes

Last November, The Pool created a unique pair of Adidas Rob Burrow trainers to raise cash for Rob and MND.

The customised trainers - which were signed by Rhinos stars who played alongside Rob - were raffled online.

Mr Chapman, who runs the business with co-director David Mills, said The Pool specialise in Leeds United custom trainers and has had orders from customers from across the globe, including Australia and Hong Kong.

Craig, of Pudsey, and David will be joined by friends Ryan Horsman and Stephen Hurley when they run seven consecutive 10K runs over seven days starting from Saturday July 3 to raise awareness and cash for the MND Association.