funding helps boxing tackle antisocial behaviour
A new boxing club for young people in Seaham has been launched thanks to funding from one of the region’s largest housing associations.
Seaham Boxing Club is the result of a partnership between the neighbourhood policing team in the town and the local community. The club, which runs sessions every night of the week, works with youngsters all the way from under 10s and under 16s up to seniors.
Equipment to make the club possible has been funded by Seaham-based believe housing. The housing association’s community grant programme provided almost £1,000 to fund 10 sets of headguards and sparring gloves plus equipment for coaches.
Up to 50 young people per session are attending the club, which is based at Bruce’s Gym on Vane Terrace in the centre of Seaham. Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team attend regularly, building valuable relationships with local youngsters.
Funding Officer from believe housing, Damian Pearson, said: “This is a great initiative, providing positive activities for young people in Seaham, alongside new opportunities to engage with the local policing team.
“Sport is a great way to improve communities and give new chances for youngsters to engage. From what I’ve seen Seaham Boxing Club is going to really benefit everyone involved and the wider community too.”
More than 150 groups have benefited from believe housing’s community funding programme; ranging from foodbanks to groups for older people and sports clubs.
Pictured above: Club members Owen and Layton Hindley with Tracey Jefferson from Seaham Boxing Club, Damian Pearson from believe housing and Seaham PCSO Connor Smith.