A Wiltshire charity which supports young people in getting fit has been given a boost thanks to a donation from the residents of a local housing association.
Sovereign Housing Association’s West of England Regional Panel, which is made up of local residents, gave £1,000 to the SCRAPSTORE’s Scrappers Boxing Gym.
The gym, which is based in Swindon, aims to help people aged between 13 and 24 to engage in sport and use boxing as a way to instil self-esteem and increase fitness.
The group holds sessions every day except Saturday and it costs just £3 to attend, with help to pay available for those who are on a limited income.
Sarah Watts, chair of Sovereign’s regional panel, said: “It is great to see how the panel’s donation is benefitting a group that provides fun and low-cost ways for young people to get fit whilst learning new skills.”
The £1,000 donation has helped the group move to new bigger and better equipped premises, and fund instructors who teach different sessions.
Olivia McCann, Scrappers Boxing Gym’s Project Manager, said: “Before we started the club, there was no affordable place for young people to get fit. Now we provide a place where they can get healthy, learn respect and work better with others.
“In any given session we can have around 40 people in attendance and the money we received from Sovereign’s Regional Panel has meant we can run more sessions and help benefit more people, which is fantastic.”
The gym is run by the Scrapstore, Swindon’s low-cost community resource centre.
Every year, Sovereign’s regional panel for the West of England has funding that it can give to local charities and community groups that have a positive impact on the lives of residents. This year it has budget of over £28,500 to give to local good causes.
Pictured from top, Boxing instructor Paul Rogers puts young people through their paces at the Scrappers gym in Swindon; members of the Scrappers gym in Swindon in their new premises.
Photos: Sovereign Housing Association