Northern Powerhouse are February’s Community Club Impact Recognition Programme winners

March 9, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny


Northern Powerhouse Boxing Academy have been named as the winners of England Boxing’s Community Club Impact Recognition Programme for February, in association with STING.

The North West region club, based between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, have beaten off the challenge of Titchfield ABC, Squared Circle ABC, Kirkby ABC and Rawthorpe ABC to be the second winners of the monthly award.

Their prize is a STING voucher which can be redeemed to purchase boxing equipment for members to use.

Northern Powerhouse were chosen by a vote of England Boxing’s team of Club Support Officers, who cited the club’s fantastic community work and, in particular, a passion to provide women and girls with opportunities to be involved in boxing in a safe and supportive environment, free from gender stereotyping and expectations.

The club run weekly trans/non-binary sessions with funding from Sport England and Wellbeing Workshops aimed at women which focus on health-related matters.

Northern Powerhouse’s Josie McNamara said of the club’s success: “NPBA are delighted to be chosen as Community Club of The Month!

“We have worked really hard over the last couple of years to increase our outreach into the local community and we are proud that our work has been recognised by England Boxing.”

North West Club Support Officer, Alex Vass, added: “This club is a prime example of how boxing can improve communities. They have created a welcoming environment for all to attend and are an exemplary club for inclusivity.

“The self-protection workshops they have developed and delivered have been a great success. The club has several projects coming up that are going to provide much needed services to local community members. Well done NPBA!’’

Please contact your club support officer if you feel your club deserves to be recognised.