Team Mac Fight For Good was established in 2018 with the aim of using professional boxers to engage young people in the sport and it’s disciplines. Jamie and Gavin McDonnell are from Doncaster and are passionate about working with young people in the area they grew up in.
The non-for-profit organisation aims to attract young people from all backgrounds, especially those from groups that have traditionally been hard to reach. The organisation is governed by a board of directors made up of local people with a wide range of skills and experiences.
Team Mac Fight For Good have also forged fantastic connections within the local community and had numerous success stories including using a previously closed youth club in a local village. Doncaster Council has made the decision in 2016 to close the Stainforth Youth Club due to pressures on local government budgets.
In 2018 they successfully acquired funding from BBC Children in Need to deliver a 3 year project to engage with young people in the Hatfield/Stainforth area of Doncaster. The project is now entering its third year and have engaged with over 150 young people during the length of the project, a 25% increase on estimated target.
The non-contact boxing activities are delivered twice weekly at the local youth club. Young people can attend at any level and ability.
As the project is now entering its final year of funding JM Fight for Good are looking for innovative ways to secure additional funding to continue with the project.
JM Fight for Good boxing activities have also been commissioned to deliver a similar project by the National CCE strategy to the wider borough delivering weekly boxing sessions in Thurnscoe and Mexborough.
The newly developed Team Mac boxing awards have recently awarded 12 young people their bronze award as the young people start their learning journey to gain boxing skills. Both Jamie and Gavin McDonnell attended the first award ceremony. The awards have over 40 young people working towards bronze or silver awards.