Despite their proud 58-year history, the Dyffryn Amateur Boxing Club in Colwyn Bay had been stuck on the ropes and in dire need of refurbishment. That was before they embarked on their crowdfunding journey with Sport Wales.
Tattered punch bags, a leaking roof and damaged electrics had left the club struggling to encourage new members through their doors. But they refused to throw in the towel and have successfully raised more than £20,000 to overhaul their facilities thanks to their own crowdfunding efforts and Sport Wales’ A Place for Sport' Fund.
What is crowdfunding and ‘A Place for Sport?
‘A Place for Sport’ is Sport Wales’ fund, in partnership with Crowdfunder, which supports community clubs raise money for ‘off-field' facilities. Clubs or organisations connect with the local community to raise money through crowdfunding. When a target is reached, Sport Wales pledge a percentage of the total in match-funding.
When people pledge money to support your cause, they can receive a reward for their donation. Through Crowdfunder, you can offer incentives so donors get a little something in return for their support.
What did Sport Wales like about Dyffryn ABC’s project?
Dyffryn ABC made it clear in their application that they wanted their club to provide an inclusive and affordable environment that reflects the diverse community of Colwyn Bay.
The funding would help Dyffryn ABC to continue to provide a top quality setting for their current members, the majority of whom are children and teenagers. But, they also outlined their ambitions to encourage more women and girls to take up boxing, too.
The people of Colwyn Bay have reaped the rewards of boxing at Dyffryn ABC for almost 60 years. For even more members of the local community to benefit from the club, the gym renovations were essential.