£9,500 funding windfall for St. Austell Amateur Boxing Club
St Austell Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) have been awarded a grant of £9,500 from sported. The grant will be used towards the purchase of a mini-bus to enable the club to provide a much needed pick-up service for young people wishing to attend the clubs training sessions.
The club is based on the edge of St. Stephens, and serves the villages of St. Dennis, St. Austell, St. Stephens and St. Blazey, plus rural hamlets. Many young people from the Clay Villages find it difficult to access the boxing club, and the provision of transport to and from the venue will enable the club to enage with more young people.
Head Coach Jimmy Waugh said "Many of the youngsters from the Clay Villages are at risk of becoming involved with anti-social behaviour because they are unable to access sports clubs like ours. We wanted to help them off the streets and into our club so we can support and guide them."
With the support of sported. Mentor Adam Birnie, St. Austell ABC has produced a three year development plan that outlines their long term vision of creating more boxing opportunities for young people, training young people to become coaches and offering transport to the club's sessions.
The club committee conducted a survey of 82 young people from the Clays. The survey results found that 85% would be interested in attending the club if transport was provided, with 28% having no means of transport what-so-ever.
Julian Wills, sported. Regional Manager South West said "The survey results clearly indicate a need for some kind of transport provision to enable these young people to access the boxing club. sported. is delighted to have provided funding and business planning advice to enable the club to achieve their goal."
St. Austell ABC provides opportunities throughout the week for young people and adults, running various sessions on evenings and at weekends. For more information about the clubs activities, please contact Jimmy Waugh on 0786 355 9150.