Boxing club scoops knockout funding boost

An East Anglian community boxing club has been selected as the first regional group to benefit from a new funding scheme targeting youth projects.

Lowestoft Boxing Academy will receive £1,000 from the Persimmon Homes Building Futures initiative, launched in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association.

Andrew Fuller, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, said: “This fantastic new funding scheme aims to support community groups across three categories: sports, education & arts, and health.”

“We are delighted that the first organisation to win is a club that offers sport and fitness opportunities to local young people, giving them a positive interest.”

Lowestoft Boxing Academy, based at Boston Road, was set up by local boxer Ben Poole to provide an inclusive environment for youngsters. The club welcomes people with disabilities or mental health issues and charges only a minimal membership fee, to ensure money is not a barrier to young people taking part.

Persimmon’s £1,000 donation will be used to purchase new equipment for the club, such as boxing gloves for the young members who cannot afford their own. For more information visit lowestoft boxing academy

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation and is aimed at community projects for people aged under 18, targeting grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues or awareness, as well as community arts and education projects.

Monthly grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery of vital grassroots community projects.

In addition to the £1,000 monthly awards, three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.

In each sector – sport, education & arts, and health – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

To find out more about or to apply on our Building Futures website visit Persimmon homes building futures