Ripley Amateur Boxing Club is celebrating a ‘tremendous boost’ after receiving almost £27,000 from money raised by HealthCalm, which helps health-related causes in local communities.
The club, based at the Unicorn Business Park on Wellington Street in the town, runs free boxing-based fitness classes for youngsters in the local area, and has received £26,896 in grants from money raised by HealthCalm through the Health Lottery.
HealthCalm is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Derby and Derbyshire.
The Health Lottery is operated for, and on behalf of, 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licences issued by the Gambling Commission.
The funding will enable RABC to run a two-year project promoting fitness and healthy living within the local community.
Starting at the end of this month, RABC will be running two sessions weekly – on Monday and Friday from 6pm to 7.30pm, in addition to its other, regular classes.
All ages and abilities are welcome.
Under 18s get in free for the sessions and it’s £2 for over 18s.
The club believes boxing-based fitness classes are a great way to get fit, have fun, meet new people, build confidence and raise self-esteem through increased fitness levels.
The club can also offer, through the funding received, the chance for members to gain qualifications from volunteer opportunities within the gym.
Ripley Amateur Boxing Club’s secretary Zoe Davies was understandably delighted by the news. She said: “This is a really big deal for us and it’s a tremendous boost for the work we are doing here at the club.
“It’s by far the biggest funding success we’ve had so far.
“We only applied for half of that amount but they came back to us and said, would we able to make it a two-year project twice a week?
“We said ‘yes’ and then we found out that we’d got the extra money.”
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“It allows us to get new equipment, run more courses, have more days open, put more people through courses such as Safeguarding Children, Level One coaching and first aid, and although the main focus will always be on young people, getting them off the streets and giving them something constructive to fill their time with, we can now open it up more to all ages.
“It will allow us to become, in effect, a community fitness centre for all ages.
“At the moment there are just two coaches - myself and Andy Handley, and we’ve been doing just about everything, but we are putting more people through the coaching course and that will be a big help. With that, and the successful grant bid, the only direction the club can go in now is forward, that’s how big a thing this grant is for us.
“We’re pleased to have been awarded these grants through HealthCalm.”
Ripley Amateur Boxing Club has been running since 2009.
For more information about the project at the club, you can contact Andy on 07818 844113. For more information about HealthCalm, see www.healthcalmcic.org.uk