A Christmas Gift That Packs A Punch

The donation of a new kit this Christmas will keep a North Tyneside based sports academy fit for many more boxing days.

Construction specialist Galliford Try Partnerships North has weighed in with the new vests and tracksuits for Howdon Boxing Academy – which offers boxing, martial arts, Thai boxing and fitness training for young people from the age of 10 upwards.

Dave Whitfield, who works as a labourer for the Great Park based firm is also a coach at the academy and is delighted to have his employer in the club’s corner.

Said Dave: “The new kit was much needed and Galliford Try kindly supplying it means that we can free up funds for the upkeep of the gym and travel to competitions and events.

"The academy has had a really positive impact in the local area, getting young people off the streets and engaging them in something new. It is about helping people develop personally as well as physically and we strive to bring out the best in our members.”

Although only founded in 2009, the academy has achieved great things with competitors winning three regional boxing championships and reaching the quarter finals at the national event on another three occasions.

In 2012, two of the team competed for an England select squad against boxers from Sweden and Spain and earlier this year academy member Michael Terrall won a Golden Belt at the Thai Boxing World Championships in Scotland - securing him the chance to compete at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

Heavyweight construction company Galliford Try is working on a number of projects across the north east including three new schemes in the Kenton area of Newcastle which are expected to start in the New Year.

Foster Innes, Operations Director with the company said: “We are delighted to have linked up with Howdon Boxing Academy and to help them to continue to provide this excellent facility for young people in the area.

Dave Whitfield (second left), coach at Howdon Boxing Academy and Foster Innes (second right), Operations Director at Galliford Try Partnerships North with academy members (from left to right) Adam Thewlis, Brittany Butterfield, Paul Anderson and in the box - John Henderson.
Dave Whitfield (second left), coach at Howdon Boxing
Academy and Foster Innes (second right), Operations Director
at Galliford Try Partnerships North with academy members
(from left to right) Adam Thewlis, Brittany Butterfield,
Paul Anderson and in the box - John Henderson.
Dave Whitfield (left), coach at Howdon Boxing Academy and Foster Innes (right), Operations Director at Galliford Try Partnerships North with academy members in their new kit.
Dave Whitfield (left), coach at Howdon Boxing Academy
and Foster Innes (right), Operations Director at Galliford
Try Partnerships North with academy members in their new kit.

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For further information, contact David Dobbie at Persuasion PR on 0845 071 0678 or by email at: david@persuasion-pr.com

18 December 2013

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