Published on 21st August 2020

A boxing club will deliver outdoor boxing sessions to young people as they look to return to safe activity after a successful bid for funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane.

BoxingFit Academy has received a £1,000 express grant to fund outdoor boxing sessions at Rudheath Primary School.

The fund comes from money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act with the Commissioner reinvesting it back into local communities.

The funding will be used to purchase suitable outdoor equipment and enable young people to return to non-contact, socially distanced, small group training sessions.

The community club, which normally runs sessions from Lostock Gralam, will use some of the funding to purchase hand sanitiser, face coverings and cleaning products for the equipment.

PCC David Keane said: “The restrictions that have been put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic have meant that our local clubs have been prevented from delivering their normal sessions.

“I have been impressed by so many community groups who have shown creativity and desire to restart activity for their members. The lockdown period has resulted in many young people missing out on the support that regular physical activity can provide.

“I hope this funding enables the young people to feel safe on their return to activity and engage positively in the sessions provided.”

Frank Collins, head coach at Boxing Fit Academy added: “Our main aim with the project is to get as many young people re-engaged in activity following the lockdown restrictions. We hope we may even encourage new members to join us.

“Young people take part in the sessions for a variety of reasons but we know our sessions help to improve mental and physical wellbeing which is more important than ever after such a challenging period.

“We are so grateful to the Commissioner for his support and we will work hard to ensure as many young people as possible can take part, safely.”