Minibus gives young people a fighting chance

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A new minibus made possible by a sports charity’s grant will help Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) reach out to youngsters in rural areas.

Previously unable to get out to apsiring boxers in remote locations, an £8,500 cash injection from the UK’s largest ‘sport for development’ charity, Sported, will allow isolated young people to participate in the club’s activities.

It comes after six months of continued support, to contribute towards the purchase and running costs of a new minibus described as a ‘vital’ part of their club’s plans to help more young people by their head coach Jon Dennis.

“Boxing is a great way to engage with young people and help them develop their skills, not just in boxing, but also through education and health and well-being,” he said.

“Without the minibus, we just wouldn’t be able to reach as many young people as we do, so it’s fantastic that Sported has been able to support us.

“Rob — our Sported mentor — has been a great help in advising us on our long-term business plan and supporting our fund-raising efforts. And now with a new minibus our club is able to continue reaching out and supporting our local community.”

Dennis has been working closely with Rob Waller over the last six months to build the club’s capacity, which hinged on the minibus.

Sported is a free membership organisation that provides business support to community sports clubs, which help young people improve their lives through sport.

Attleborough ABC, run by dedicated volunteers, was crowned Active Norfolk’s Club of the Year for 2012.

The club offers 11 boxing sessions a week, focusing on supporting each other, developing their educational and emotional skills and providing physical activity in a safe, supportive environment.

Danson, East of England regional manager at Sported, said: “Attleborough ABC is a brilliant Sport for Development project, which is breaking down barriers to participation and delivering a valuable service to the community.

“The club is run by dedicated and incredibly talented volunteers and this means they are a really well respected and vital part of the local community.

“Sported is extremely proud to support Attleborough ABC on this project.”

Sported works with more than 2,700 organisations across the UK, empowering community groups to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people through sport.




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