England Boxing helping to support 200 young people at risk in London
June 22, 2020 | by Matt Halfpenny
England Boxing has teamed up with Dallaglio RugbyWorks on a new project which will help 200 young people at risk of falling out of the education system to develop positive and productive futures.
The three-year project will use the power of sport to engage those in London who desperately need support to get through this challenging period and give them the skills to succeed in later life.
Other organisations helping to roll out the project – given just over £280,000 from The Mercers’ Charitable Foundation – are the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, SLQ Sports Leaders and The Rugby Football Union (RFU).
England Boxing’s involvement will see it provide support to vulnerable school-aged children in South London by giving them the chance to link up with boxing clubs two or three nights a week.
It will supplement the work carried out by RugbyWorks who are delivering a range of regular activities to improve physical and mental wellbeing.
SLQ Sports Leaders allow the project to offer young people the opportunity to achieve a Level 1 qualification in Sports Leadership, while the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust will provide mentoring expertise.
“England Boxing are delighted and excited to be part of this project,” said Ron Tulley, England Boxing’s Head of Community Development.
“The boxing clubs involved will provide a safe and secure environment where young people can grow in confidence and as young people as well as developing boxing skills.”
All partner organisations will help the young people involved with the project to increase their levels of sporting participation, obtain valuable coaching qualifications and raise aspirations through exposure to the high-quality community provisions.
Charlotte Nugent, Grants Programme Manager at the Mercers’ Company (Trustee of The Mercers’ Charitable Foundation), said: “We are thoroughly excited to begin this three-year partnership with Dallaglio RugbyWorks and England Boxing.
“The project helps young people successfully move from secondary education to the next stage of their lives, which aligns perfectly with the Transitions Special Initiative under our Young People & Education programme.”
Sarah Mortiboys, Chief Operating Officer of Dallaglio RugbyWorks, added: “As we move into uncertain times for everyone, it is essential that we continue to support future generations, especially those at most risk, and enable them to be the next leaders of sport and society.
“That is why I am thrilled that so many organisations have teamed up with RugbyWorks to deliver this unique and exciting project.”
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