Pat Benson Boxing Academy’s Mind Fit Project receives the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

March 28, 2018 | by Gemma Field


Pat Benson Boxing Academy’s Mind Fit Project has been recognised at the StreetGames National Awards 2018 by winning the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Award.

The recipient, based in Digbeth, Birmingham was recognised by the awarding panel for their outstanding achievements in the field of youth and community sports, beating out a number of fantastic competitors in the process.

The event, which took place on Tuesday 20th March at the De Vere Staverton Estate in Daventry, saw more than 200 delegates gather to applaud the efforts of these deserving finalists.

Speaking after the event, CEO Paddy Benson had this to say of the win:

“We started Mind Fit after casually talking to one of our clients one afternoon; he opened up about the life changing effects of boxing and how the discipline, routine and purpose provided him with the focus to stay on the straight and narrow, whilst empowering him to continue working and providing for his children. He was a recovering alcoholic and substance misuser, so to hear that boxing saved his life, was a real eye-opener. We grew the programme slowly and now we have received significant Lottery funding, in addition to a national award.”

StreetGames’ CEO Jane Ashworth OBE also added her congratulations, stating:

“I’m told by the judging panel that this year’s categories were as strong as they’ve ever been, which makes our winners’ achievements even more exceptional! Thank you once again for all of the inspiring work that you do on behalf of disadvantaged young people in your community. Without your passion, determination and skill, none of our work to change sport, change communities, and to change lives would be possible”.