Northern Powerhouse receives England Boxing award in recognition of exemplary community work

Northern Powerhouse Boxing Academy’s brilliant work in the community has been recognized with a prestigious award. Photo: @Philip Oldham

Northern Powerhouse was chosen by a vote from England Boxing’s club support officer team, who cited the club’s fantastic community work and, in particular, their passion for providing opportunities for women and girls to get involved in boxing in a safe and supportive environment, free of gender stereotypes and expectations.

Josie McNamara of Northern Powerhouse said of the club’s success: “The NPBA is delighted to have been chosen as Community Club of the Month. We have worked very hard over the past two years to increase our reach in the local community and are proud that our work has been recognized by England Boxing.

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England Boxing Club Support Manager Alex Vass added: “This club is a great example of how boxing can improve communities. They have created a welcoming environment for all and are an exemplary club for inclusivity. The club has several upcoming projects that will provide much needed services to members of the local community.

One of the projects currently run by the NPBA is part of the Sport England ‘Return to Play’ fund which helps clubs and organizations meet the challenges of returning to sport after nearly two years of the impact of Covid.

The NPBA has requested funding to help members of their local community who have experienced a longer-term health impact as a result of Covid’s return to sport.

Whether they are suffering from Long Covid and need a carefully tailored return to the gym in a way that works with their fitness level and health issues, or the program can help those who have been mentally impacted and feel uncertain or unable to return to a gym environment. Anyone who has been impacted by Covid financially, mentally or physically is welcome to apply.

So far, more than 30 people have taken the tailored 10-week program to help them get back to regular physical activity. The club hopes that by supporting those who find it hardest to return to exercise, they can regain confidence and routine by attending the friendly, community-focused club.

There are still spaces available to help more people get back to regular exercise. Anyone who feels they would benefit from an accompanied return to sport, whether through general fitness classes or learning boxing, can contact the club on 07989 538044.