A not-for-profit amateur boxing club in Lindholme, Doncaster will benefit from a sponsorship deal as it joins QTS Group’s successful Youth Athlete Programme.
The Freedom Boxing Club will receive support from the leading rail infrastructure contractor, which supports aspiring sporting stars across England and Scotland.
Originally launched in Scotland in 2014, the Youth Athlete Programme has already helped 16 athletes across a range of sports including rallying, swimming, skiing, athletics, boxing and golf.
The funding from QTS Group will support the purchase of essential equipment for the fitness facility located on Mills Drive, as well as help with the costs for experienced coaches who ensure the gym’s doors are open five days a week.
The club currently has 150 members, aged between eight and 18-years old, who train regularly at the gym under the instruction of six coaches and two volunteers.
Founded in 2012 by retired professional boxer and head coach James Harrington, the Freedom Boxing Club is part of The Spirit of Freedom Project, a charity created to have a positive impact on the local community and young people.
As a charity, the club relies on fundraising and with the help of the QTS Youth Athlete Programme, the Freedom Boxing Club will have more funds to help towards the vital upkeep of the gym.
James said: “We offer young people more than just a space to train, we also teach them respect, discipline and morals, motivating our boxers to be their best both inside and outside of the ring.
“Small clubs like ours don’t get enough financial support which is why the sponsorship from QTS is invaluable. The funding will help us continue to provide underprivileged children with a safe space and well-equipped gym to train in as often as they wish.”
QTS launched its Youth Athlete Programme in England this year and will support five individual athletes across a range of sporting disciplines including beach volleyball, snowboarding and hammer throwing.
The programme also supports 10 athletes in Scotland, five of which joined the programme in January this year.
Alan McLeish, managing director, QTS Group, said: “At QTS, we support both individual athletes, as well as teams and clubs, empowering them to be the best in their sporting disciplines.
“The Freedom Boxing Club has helped young children in the Doncaster community for the last seven years and with the support from our Youth Athlete Programme, the gym will continue to train and encourage keen boxers of all ages.”