Cricklewood Boxing Club opens new facility to expand its community reach


Cricklewood Boxing Club together with Brent Council and The Powerday Foundation – the charitable arm of London’s leading, family-owned waste management business, Powerday – has opened a new world class facility in North West London, aimed at extending its sporting activities and engaging more young people – particularly females – across the community.

At an event to celebrate the opening, attended by Brent Council Deputy Mayor Councillor Tariq Dar and Powerday CEO Edward Crossan, the boxing club revealed that a £100,000 investment enabled it to relocate to the larger and improved facilities. In addition, the funding has also enabled it to convert spaces, provide male and female changing areas for the first time and purchase new, high-quality gym equipment to facilitate additional coaching sessions.

Founded over 10 years ago, Cricklewood Boxing Club prides itself on having a positive impact on the lives of young people in the community, particularly those at risk of getting involved in crime. This new investment will enable it to accept more youngsters and continue delivering invaluable physical and mental wellbeing activities to people across Brent and Barnet.

The boxing club, which the Powerday Foundation helped to initially establish, will also expand its work with local schools and colleges – and provide an extra-curricular intervention programme for young people, particularly aimed at involving more females in the sport.

The event was attended by a number of local stakeholders, including Cricklewood Boxing Club Leader Robin Buick, as well as Tara Crossan of the Powerday Foundation and Foundation Ambassador Sasha Hickey (England International Boxer).

Robin Buick, Head Coach at the Cricklewood Boxing Club, said:

“For over a decade, we have provided voluntary sport and social integration projects to benefit the lives and lifestyles of thousands of young people across Brent and Barnet. We are delighted that we can now further enhance our voluntary inspirational provision within our own premises without the restrictions of time, access or equipment for everyone involved in the club. Our aim is to also extend our reach to engage more females, highlighting the benefits that boxing can have on both physical and mental wellbeing.

“Our unbridled thanks must go to the Brent Council, Young Brent and Young Barnet, National Lottery and of course the Powerday Foundation who have all provided investment and commitment in helping us to shape the future for the young people in our community.”

Deputy Mayor of Brent – Cllr Tariq Dar, added:

“I am really pleased to see that Cricklewood Boxing Club is being supported by a unique trio of local authority, lottery and commercial partnerships to offer more opportunities for our community to benefit from sport and particularly boxing. This will help shape young people’s lives with positive interventions that make a noticeable difference to their health and mental-wellbeing.

“As a community, we need to continue to work hard to offer our young people all the options available so they can have the best opportunities in life to shape their desired futures. It is essential that we provide them with safe and controlled spaces like Cricklewood Boxing Club where we can help them learn new skills that will develop their characters and negate negative influences.”

Michael Crossan Hon BEM, Chairman of Powerday and the Powerday Foundation commented:

“Cricklewood Boxing Club first came to our attention through its desperate need to protect and extend its voluntary provision a decade ago after being relocated. The team of highly qualified local voluntary coaches has worked tirelessly to provide this new facility, which is not only a first-class gym, but also a space for young people within the community to come together and celebrate their achievements in sport.

“As a company and foundation, Powerday is thrilled to add another iconic and community-based club to our list of 80 positive projects. We take great pride in enabling each of them to have flourished over the last 10 years, whilst attracting over £15m of funding all delivered to young people, clubs and projects.”


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