Members of Strelley Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) got together today to say thank you to Nottingham City Homes and partners Kier for carrying out £116,000 of work to improve the building they call home.
Strelley ABC was set up in 2013 by local man, Joe Evans, with the help of the community and Police Sergeant Gary Bulmer, to help young people in the local community keep active, build self-confidence and make new friends.
Now the landlord of Strelley Social Club, Joe saw the opportunity to use the facility to offer a bigger venue to the club. Partnering with the local community and organisations like Nottingham City Homes (NCH), the club began to make a difference to the lives of young people and their families in Strelley.
Despite the success of the boxing club itself, the building was still struggling as a facility and was in desperate need of refurbishment to help the team move the club forward.
Karen Swan, NCH’s Housing Patch Manager for the Strelley area, has been a big part of the club since its inception. She said: “I’ve watched this club grow from just a few kids at the start, to a fully functioning amateur boxing club, helping lots of local young people. Feedback from local parents has shown a remarkable improvement in the children’s behaviour, both at home and school, not to mention the confidence it has given to many people locally.”
Thanks to funding supplied by Nottingham City Council through Nottingham City Homes’ Decent Neighbourhoods programme, the project was made possible late last year. Leanne Hoban, the Decent Neighbourhoods Manager for NCH, said: “As part of NCH’s commitment to supporting local groups and transforming the communities we work in, we were delighted to be able to help breath some life back into the social club. Our partners Kier and their supply chain have done a fantastic job and we hope the community will really see the benefit of the works carried out here.”
NCH took on partner contractors Kier through Scape’s minor works framework. The leading property, residential, construction and services group led the refurbishment works, supported by its sub-contractors, and has now completed the project, which included the installation of a new heating system, creation of a new media room, a new suspended ceiling, lighting, windows and doors, and new flooring. Kier’s supply chain even donated some items to ensure extra work could be completed, including a new boiler (donated by Vaillant), paint for redecoration (from PPG) and a fire alarm system upgrade (donated by Kier and CHG Electrical).
Steve Mellor, Kier partnership manager said: “We’re proud of our work with Nottingham City Homes and Strelley Amateur Boxing Club (ABC), which will make a long-term, positive difference to young people in the local community.
“Through the refurbishment of important community facilities such as Strelley Amateur Boxing Club, we’re supporting Nottingham City Homes offer real, significant benefits to the lives of young residents and their families in Strelley.”
Work will now enable the building to be warmer, more modern, and more suitable to house the boxing club and local members of the community.
PC Gary Bulmer, said: “It’s been such a fantastic journey. I’m so proud of everyone and everything that has been achieved. The club is growing into an integral part of the community and it helps in so many ways. I retire in a few days, but I will still be involved in the boxing club, helping my friends for as long as I can.”