The Sport Society Success Network have recently secured funding to deliver unique opportunities to young people across South Yorkshire through the power of boxing.
Funded by the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), the Network and its array of boxing foundation partners will be looking to utilise boxing to make positive changes in the local community.
The new project, named Fight For Good works with the Network’s partners collaborating on many aspects of the initiative across Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and Barnsley.
The Network has called upon boxing brothers Jamie and Gavin McDonnell’s Team Mac Foundation, former WBA International champion Jordan Gill’s Next Generation, the Brendan Ingle Foundation and Sheffield’s Steel City Gym to help increase the amount of opportunities available to young people in boxing.
Fight For Good has been divided into two sections, with a focus on both diversionary activities and personal development.
Diversionary activities will see the renowned boxers and their coaches visit schools, community clubs and youth clubs to do experiential talks to help try and reduce potential criminal activity amongst young people.
The boxers will also deliver boxing sessions on an evening, which will see the power of boxing be used to do good in the community.
The personal development aspect of the project will see the foundations engage with 14-18-year-olds who are already a part of he criminal justice system.
The likes of Gill and the McDonnell brothers will be mentoring and coaching youth offenders, focussing on making good decisions, mental attitude, motivation and determination, as well as self-discipline.
These young people will also be given the opportunity to gain qualifications and impact their neighbourhood in a positive way, creating a safer, more cohesive community in South Yorkshire.
SSS Network Operations Director, Shaun Ireland, is looking forward to delivering the project, but is aware of the challenges ahead. He said: “We are looking forward to working on this project.
“It is a great opportunity for our boxing foundations to collaborate and make a difference in their communities.
“The project will require plenty of work, but our dedicated boxers and coaches are looking forward to the challenge”.
The Network will be utilising the boxing gyms throughout the project, whilst also looking to put plans in place to sustain this project in the years to come.