Boxers aged nine to 90 enjoy club's community sessions
A grassroots boxing club has been able to serve its community through free training sessions, thanks to a sports grant scheme.
Consett Delta Boxing Club was awarded funding from us through the County Durham Community Foundation's (CDCF) Community Sport and Physical Activity Small Grant Scheme, to run a series of free classes for residents and increase the number of its members.
Consett Delta asked for assistance from Club Durham, a council-run initiative which aims to support sports groups through one-to-one guidance, networking events and training.
Club Durham helped Consett Delta with its application for the grant, as well as assisting it in putting together a project plan.
Find more information about the support available through Club Durham.
The grant from the CDFC allowed Consett Delta to hire facilities and new equipment for a series of free boxing sessions which took place over 12 weeks at the club's building in the town, with the hope of encouraging people in the community to take part and learn a new sport.
However, the sessions, run by volunteer coaches, were so successful that the club was able to extend its programme to 16 weeks, attracting over 250 participants of all genders and ages, aged from nine to 90 years old.
The project also helped the club grow its membership by 50 per cent, meaning it is now at the highest level it has ever been.
Boost to club
Cllr James Rowlandson, our Cabinet member for resources, investment and assets, said: "We are delighted that Club Durham has been able to help Consett Delta secure funding to run its free sessions and help its community through sport.
"After a difficult period of being unable to host regular sessions due to the coronavirus pandemic, this funding and programme has been a welcome boost to the club. I am delighted to see the sessions have been so successful in attracting members and supporting the club's volunteers."