Tamworth Boxing are awarded NCS grant for delivery of experiences to help local teens become ‘world ready and work ready’
Tamworth Boxing have today announced a new community experience programme funded by NCS (National Citizen Service) that will support young people across staffordshire
The grant is part of a significant £20m funding package that NCS Trust have awarded to organisations across England for the delivery of community-based experiences at a local and grassroots level.
These new experiences will complement NCS’ existing away from home residential offer by providing more opportunities for teenagers to engage in local activities that foster skills development, deepen their understanding of the community, and empower them to contribute positively to its improvement. The grants will also support organisations that cater to specific groups of young people who may not have participated in previous NCS initiatives.
In collaboration with the National Youth Agency and StreetGames, NCS assessed more than 400 applications and Tamworth Boxing was selected as one of around 100 organisations to receive funding.
The grant will allow Tamworth Boxing to deliver NCS Community Experience
Alan Keast Centre manager at Tamworth Boxing said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our members and wider community to experience getting fit and getting ready for the world of life as adults.”
Mark Gifford, CEO of NCS Trust, added: “I am delighted to welcome a diverse range of local, grassroots and community organisations from across the youth sector to deliver reimagined NCS experiences. This allows us to reach more young people than ever before, ensuring they are equipped with the skills and perspective to become work ready and world ready. Additionally, our grants for targeted experiences will enable us to reach underserved young people and communities.”
Gifford added, “Together, we will work towards creating a country of confident, connected, caring citizens where everyone feels at home.”
Over the past decade, more than 800,000 young people have benefitted from an NCS experience, dedicating over 18 million hours to community based social action, while gaining invaluable life experiences.
This is a great opportunity to start participating in the sport of boxing and develop life skills at the same time.
A full list of organisations receiving grant funding to deliver NCS experiences can be found at wearencs.com/our-2023-grant-giving
About Tamworth Boxing
Tamworth Boxing is far more than “A Boxing Club” we are an integral part of the community. Our Logo represents our 3 pillars and underpinned by our strap line Where Everyone Matters
We started to support young people in education using boxing in the mid 1990’s. We were the first Boxing club to deliver GCSE equivalent qualifications at level 1, 2 and 3. We then provided training and support to other clubs across the country to enable them to follow our lead. We have 2 long term projects aimed at 2 totally different age groups and needs. Our primary project is pioneering in Staffordshire. In 2011 we started to provide support to Primary aged children that were permanently excluded from mainstream education. Before the project started the average number of children under 11 years excluded in Tamworth was 9 and Burton was 18 now it is 1 and 3 respectively. We are constantly being asked by Staffordshire to replicate our project in the Stoke area.
We also deliver the DiSE programme for post 16, a government initiative to keep talented athletes in sport. England Boxing have 6 centres across the country sharing 100 students, Tamworth has 20. These students travel by public transport from Stoke, Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham, and the Black Country. The programme is over 2 years and enable students to train and study for A Levels. In the first 2 years we have had supported 8 boxers become National Champions.
This is our community pillar, we engage with local Police, Social Workers, and children’s services such as Home Start, Bernardo’s, we have also worked with St Giles Hospice supporting young people come to terms with grief. Some of the program work we have delivered have been to reduce knife crime, Anti-Social-Behaviour, and Prolific Offenders. We have worked with the local Job centre to improve employability by providing a fitness programme. We have also delivered sessions for Adults and Children with Special Needs and Mental Health issues. The CornerPost Gym is regularly used by England Boxing for Team Preparation when teams are taking part in Multi-Nations and European Events.
We deliver 3 sessions each night from Monday to Thursday for ages 6 upwards. Not everyone who trains will box for the club, but the opportunity is there. Last season we had 2 National Champions and a National Semi-Finalist. We currently have one of our Boxers on the European Team competing in Romania. We have 35 registered boxers ready to compete from September. As a club we compete all over the UK and have taken teams away to Demark and Sweden. We stage 4 Home events each year at QEM’s six form in Tamworth.
About NCS (National Citizen Service)
NCS is an experience like no other. Designed for 16-17 year olds, and for young people (aged between 18 and 24) with special educational needs and disabilities, NCS runs year round and offers a range of experiences for young people throughout the year, helping them to have greater confidence, resilience and wellbeing. Teens get the opportunity to mix with a new crowd, learn about independent living, take on new challenges and build friendships.
The programme is all about emboldening young people – by giving them a taste of independence, equipping them with essential life skills, and building work-readiness through volunteering and social action.
NCS participants will benefit from a new residential experience from 2023, which will consist of a five day stay away from home where they will take part in activities that centre around employability, independent living or social action. Young people will have access to digital experiences and will be able to take part in NCS closer to home with regular one-off activities where they can gain new skills, learn more about their local community, and how they can help to improve it.
Since 2009 more than 800,000 young people have benefitted from an NCS experience, completing over 18 million hours of community action, and gaining priceless life experiences.
NCS offers bursaries and support to those who need it most, including families on Universal Credit and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, in line with its commitment to make the life-changing NCS experience available to every young person.
NCS delivers value for money. £3.05 of benefits to society for every £1 spent. During lockdown NCS has had over 1.7 million unique engagements with teens through its ‘Staying Connected’ hub.
About NCS Trust
NCS Trust is an Arm's Length Body of DCMS incorporated by Royal Charter and established to shape, support, champion and lead a thriving National Citizen Service.
National Citizen Service Trust is registered in England and Wales with Royal Charter Body number RC000894.
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To find out more visit wearencs.com