Pole dancing isn’t just for the girls. . .

Aaron Taylor, 19, of Rossington, enjoys a pole dancing session at Benefit Pole Fitness, Rossington, to raise money for Firefly. He is pictured with instructor Nikki Mockett  Picture: Liz Mockler D2705LM
Aaron Taylor, 19, of Rossington, enjoys a pole dancing session at Benefit Pole Fitness, Rossington, to raise money for Firefly. He is pictured with instructor Nikki Mockett Picture: Liz Mockler D2705LM

A GROUP of burly blokes ventured where few men have gone before to take part in a charity pole dance.

And the fearless gang have been left with the aches, pains and bruises to prove it after taking on the challenge in aid of cancer support group Firefly at Benefit Pole Fitness in Rossington.

Enjoying a pole dancing fitness session at Benefit Pole Fitness, Rossington, in aid of Firefly are back l-r instructors Vikki Mockett, and Bridie Gallagher, and Phil Walker, 29, of South Elmsall. Front l-r are Matt Rayner, 27, of Conisbrough, Hin Tang, 39, of Rossington, Brett Emerson, 19, of Rossington, and Aaron Taylor, 19, of Rossington.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2703LM

Enjoying a pole dancing fitness session at Benefit Pole Fitness, Rossington, in aid of Firefly are back l-r instructors Vikki Mockett, and Bridie Gallagher, and Phil Walker, 29, of South Elmsall. Front l-r are Matt Rayner, 27, of Conisbrough, Hin Tang, 39, of Rossington, Brett Emerson, 19, of Rossington, and Aaron Taylor, 19, of Rossington. Picture: Liz Mockler D2703LM

The lads, whose other halves take part in pole dancing lessons, were thrown down the gauntlet to learn sexy new moves and show off their skills to a packed audience.

Personal trainer Brett Emerson, 19, of Grange Lane, Rossington, who works out on a daily basis thought the experience would be a walk in the park - but days later he is still licking his war wounds.

Brett said: “I definitely didn’t expect it to be as hard as it was.

“Being a personal trainer I thought the pressure was on to try and do every move they gave me but I’m definitely feeling the effects of it.

Enjoying a pole dancing fitness session at Benefit Pole Fitness, Rossington, in aid of Firefly are back l-r instructors Vikki Mockett, and Bridie Gallagher, and Phil Walker, 29, of South Elmsall. Front l-r are Matt Rayner, 27, of Conisbrough, Hin Tang, 39, of Rossington, Brett Emerson, 19, of Rossington, and Aaron Taylor, 19, of Rossington.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2704LM

Enjoying a pole dancing fitness session at Benefit Pole Fitness, Rossington, in aid of Firefly are back l-r instructors Vikki Mockett, and Bridie Gallagher, and Phil Walker, 29, of South Elmsall. Front l-r are Matt Rayner, 27, of Conisbrough, Hin Tang, 39, of Rossington, Brett Emerson, 19, of Rossington, and Aaron Taylor, 19, of Rossington. Picture: Liz Mockler D2704LM

“I ache all over and I keep finding bruises and scratches.

“I definitely underestimated how hard it would be, you need a lot of upper body strength.

“It’s not as glamourous as it looks.

“We’ve had a fair bit of stick from our friends but it was a good laugh and it was all for a good cause.”

The money for the event is still coming in with some pole dancers already notching up hundreds of pounds in sponsorship money.

Pole dancing instructor Vicky Mockett who helped to organise the event said the boys put on a good performance.

She said: “It was really good and the lads put in loads of effort trying out all the tricks.

“I think it was a lot harder than they thought it was going to be though.”

Firefly is currently raising money to fund free shuttle transport services for patients undergoing cancer treatments at regional treatment centres, to ease the psychological, physical and financial stress faced by patients and their families.