A New Refurbished Home for Repton Boxing Club
Following a decade of seeking to repair the roof and historical structure-the Iconic East End, Repton Boxing club has achieved its objective to have a safe and dry space to continue to produce World Champions the for the next 140 years, building on their previous history. The re-opening took place at their Cheshire Street, Bethnal Green premises in London with special guests including Maurice Hope- former Light Middleweight Champion of the World, Dave Robinson – Chairman, Repton Boxing Club, Bill Cox- Powerday Foundation Trustee, Liam Kearney- Powerday and Terry Gillam – London Boxing in attendance.
The Repton Boxing Club was founded in 1884 through the Repton Pubilc School. It has never lost it’s ‘East End DNA’ and has produced numerous Olympic and World Champions such John.H.Stracey, Maurice Hope, Darren Barker and Audley Harrison and is without doubt the strongest and most successful Amateur Boxing club in Europe. Their passion is to grow, sustain and provide a performance pathway to success for all their members and participants.
For over a decade of repair in relation to their historical and listed building’s roof they are now free to expand their sessions and grow even more due the refurbishment and renewal of the structure.
This new development and provision have been delivered through a mixed economy approach through the Powerday Foundation who brought together the essential support and key investment from the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England. These, along with some club funding has delivered a new look and feel to the club’s exterior and improved safety conditions immensely, without their input the project would not have been delivered.
The Repton Boxing Club is now seeking to build on their 140-year existence for another century of success, whilst offering young people the opportunity to enjoy sport and improve their health and mental well-being. The safe and high-quality facility is driven by a cohort of locally based coaches and former boxers who are the fulcrum of the club’s voluntary offer. They deliver positive interventions for young people whilst negating anti-social behaviour through controlled and disciplined sporting experiences and social engagement, breaking down ethnic and postcode barriers and encouraging the creation of new relationships.
Repton Boxing Club Chairman, Dave Robinson, said we are pleased to have received such generous support from the Powerday Foundation and the essential investment from the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England. All of whom have enabled us to recently refurbish the interior and now the whole structure of our club’s roof. As a listed building this has been challenging, but with the club’s spirit and drive to deliver these improvements it has now been achieved through our partners to whom we owe so much. The work of the club now begins to further increase participation and levels of health and well-being in the community’.
Powerday Foundation Chairman Mick Crossan stated ‘The Repton Boxing Club is synonymous with British Sport and Olympic success for the country and we are pleased, through the Powerday Foundation, to have been in a position to assist this iconic and inspirational amateur boxing club to improve its facilities over the last three years. This has ensured the club is now firmly in a position to extend access and participation levels without checking the weather before cancelling sessions and do even more through their inspiration voluntary coaches’.