Sunday, March 3, 2024

Rotherham boxing centre receives funding boost

The Unity Boxing Centre CIC in Rotherham has received an unexpected funding boost following a visit to the centre by Nick Cragg, Founder & Executive Chairman of apprentice to boardroom recruitment specialists Nicholas Associates Group.

Nick was visiting the centre alongside MP John Healey as part of a delegation of people invited to tour the facility and understand how this volunteer led not for profit organisation uses the principles of boxing to support young people in Rotherham to not only engage in physical activity but to instil and support values.

Having seen how well Unity Boxing Centre is enabling people to be the best version of themselves, Nick asked what else the gym needed to increase capacity and the provision of mental health support and pledged the money to buy two new treadmills.

Atif Shafiq, Head Coach, said: “We are very grateful for the donation. It really will make a huge difference to our ability to have boxers in the right shape to meet our busy fight calendar, and how we promote the gym so that many more kids will take advantage of the opportunities we offer and achieve their goals.”

CEO Abdul Majid said: “The gym is buzzing to receive support towards the treadmills. The kids were delighted to use the new equipment and we’re honoured a local business could support the gym and our users.

“We are all made up and extremely grateful as it also means the gym will be able to further support the development of its carded fighters and their ability to train for more fights which will ultimately enhance our reputation and attract more users and hopefully funding.”

Unity Boxing Centre CIC is an affiliated England boxing gym set up to use the vehicle of boxing as a way to engage young people in the area from diverse backgrounds. Nestled in the heart of some of the most socio economic deprived wards of Rotherham, the gym provides facilities and support to over 100 young people and adults that use the facilities on a daily basis.

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