Redcar Amateur Boxing Club has welcomed over 20 new members thanks to its East Cleveland Outreach project, backed by a grant from the Sirius Minerals Foundation.
The club was awarded £4,850 from the Foundation to fund a new satellite boxing club network, designed to get young people involved in boxing and reap the benefits of the sport.
Since receiving the grant in January, the outreach sessions have welcomed over 20 new regular members, with coaches and parents reporting positive changes in the concentration and discipline of the children who attend.
The club was formed in 1999 by ex-boxer Frankie Wales with a view to getting young people off the streets and away from drugs and crime.
Wales, who has since founded Redcar Development Trust, said: “Our area notoriously lacks the availability of low cost and appropriate sporting activities for young people, which can often result in them getting involved in anti-social behaviour.”
“The outreach project has targeted youngsters who may find it hard to access our club base and is already helping to steer them away the streets, while keeping their bodies and minds active and encouraging them to develop new skills.”
He added: “I’ve already seen some noticeable changes in the concentration and discipline of the new starters, and parents have commented that the young people’s behaviour at home has improved.”
The grant to the club was awarded as part of the Foundation's first funding programme in late 2017 which saw grants totalling £300,000 awarded to 75 projects in Redcar and Cleveland and North Yorkshire.
Trustee Peter Woods, said: “It’s brilliant to see the difference that the funding is making to the lives of young people in the area. The boxing outreach project will have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing for years to come.”
The Woodsmith Foundation is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Charity number: 1163127