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LOCAL BOXING CLUB NEEDS HELP TO EXPAND
A local Boxing club that are members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester are reaching out to local businesses and trust funds to allow them to expand their premises due to the demand from local young people wanting to get involved at the gym.
Timperley Amateur Boxing Club currently meet in the former Altrincham Youth Centre five nights per week and also run a satellite session at the nearby Broomwood School once a week.
But they need more room to accommodate their current members as well as those who would like to get involved.
Timperley ABC have been offered a piece of land adjacent to their current gym and the volunteers at the club have worked hard to raise funds for the new gym. But are they falling just short of the funds they need and need support from others to help bridge the £80,000 shortfall.
So far, the voluntary run club have secured funds from Sport England, Trafford Housing Trust and the Maverick Trust and continue to seek support from other sources.
Mark Davidson, Head Coach said, “The current gym only has space for around 16 young people to train at a time. If we were able to get the new gym open we could more than double the amount young boxers attending the clubs sessions.”
Mark continued that as well as the sessions they currently run over five-nights of the week, they also run holiday clubs for young people who would normally have school dinners and who might otherwise be at risk of crime and anti-social behaviour. He said, “We do holiday lunch clubs. We do two sessions 11-1 and 1-3. This is training and lunch. We have kids who are referred to us from local schools who would normally have free school dinners, who are not in school or education and have been involved with or at risk of knife crime.”
“We try our best to accommodate children,” said Mark, “But unfortunately cannot take any more and are operating a waiting list.”
Timperley has genuine track record of success in helping young people that stretches back almost 10-years.
One volunteer originally came to the club as a member. He has become an inspiration to many at the gym having lost around 10-stone in weight and has now completed his level 1 Coaching Award and volunteers several nights of the week. The club benefits children and adults alike.
Mark refers to numerous instances where the gym has helped young people in difficult situations or help them get back on the straight and narrow.
“One lad attended our holiday clubs and didn’t miss a session,” said Mark, “But he was a little bit hit and miss in the evenings. When we spoke to him, he told us that his Mum couldn’t afford the evenings. We came to an agreement that he could attend four of the evening sessions and only pay for one.” Mark says that this is far from an isolated example. Where young people can’t afford to pay, the club policy is to let those individuals carry on rather than excluding them.
He also relates one example of lad who had been expelled from primary school aged 7. After starting to attend Timperley ABC he got back on the straight and narrow and is now a key member of gym, very mature, a leader and doing well at school.
The list of examples could go on.
The gym is run completely by volunteers. As well as the boxing sessions which take place at the gym each night of the week, at weekends volunteers can also be found ferrying boxers up and down the country to boxing shows and / or competitions or tournaments. The commitment is phenomenal.
But is very worthwhile and impacts many lives in a profound way.