Champion boxer Shannon Courtenay to support Powerday’s new mental health campaign

The Powerday Foundation, which was founded in 2017 to support organisations and individuals across London, has announced world champion boxer Shannon Courtenay as an ambassador.

Focusing on boxing, rugby and young people, the Powerday Foundation brings together all the charitable activities delivered by leading, family-owned waste management business, Powerday. The company works with local clubs, schools, communities, sporting and local authorities to improve facilities, equipment, confidence, skills and knowledge.

Over the last four years, the Powerday Foundation has delivered more than £12.5m of new investment to over 60 boxing clubs and communities in London. Among those to benefit have been the London Boxing , Dale Youth ABC, Earlsfield ABC, Repton Boys Club and Powerday Hooks.

Courtenay, the bantamweight WBA champion, will focus on a drive to improve mental health and prevent suicide in the capital. Following on from the successful ambassador partnership between the Foundation and fellow boxer Joshua Buatsi last year, Courtenay will follow in his footsteps enabling local communities to achieve and benefit from sport.

One of the country’s brightest talents, Courtenay was born in Watford and has won seven of her first eight professional bouts. She said: “I am delighted to be joining the Powerday Foundation which has provided so much support to London’s boxing scene over the years. Through its incredible investments, so many people in the capital have been able to benefit from the life skills and fitness that boxing offers.

“I am particularly looking forward to supporting its new initiatives to remove the stigma of mental health, which sadly affects boxers of all ages. We have all been under immense pressure the last 18 months and the work we will do through the Foundation will provide help and advice to people who need it most. Offering them hope and sight of a bright future.”

Michael Crossan, Chairman of Powerday and the Powerday Foundation, added: “I am absolutely delighted to have Shannon as an ambassador to the foundation, as prevention of poor mental health is something that we can all help with. Frighteningly, it is estimated that one in six people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem. The foundation is looking forward to working with Shannon to ensure as many Londoner’s as possible are aware that support and advice is available to improve mental well-being, which is undoubtedly as important as physical health.”

For more information about the Powerday Foundation visit https://powerday-foundation.org.uk