A borough boxing academy is hoping to go from strength to strength after support from Telford & Wrekin Council.
Telford’s own world champion boxer Richie Woodhall was on hand to help mark a new chapter for Wellington Boxing Academy which hopes it can now attract more young people to get involved.
The Club has just moved to new premises on part of the former new College site and their new base has, with the Council’s support, been kitted out with new matting, punch bags and other equipment.
The Wellington club is the first group to be benefit from a fund the Council has set up to support projects to help young people.
The fund will support activities in four key areas - Wellington, Donnington, Madeley & Sutton Hill and Dawley.
The Council is working with local groups and partners to offer young people chances to get involved with sport, build their confidence, offer alternatives to being on the street and encourage engagement with their communities. The aim is to help build resilience among these groups against criminal exploitation.
Councillor Raj Mehta, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Communities said: "Through this fund we and our partners are taking a proactive approach to positively engage with more young people in key areas.
"This fund will help make sports and other activities readily more accessible to young people and give them positive, rewarding experiences as well as improving health and fitness and brining communities together.”
CAPTION: Mo Fiaz of Wellington Boxing Academy, Councillor Raj Mehta, Wellingtonmayor Councillort Anthony Lowe, Superintendent Paul Moxley, Richie Woodhall and Gary Wade of West Mercia Police.