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National Lottery funding has played a big role in the history of Llanrumney Phoenix Boxing Club over the years, and this year it has been no different. In recent years, National Lottery funding has helped the club to build facilities, survive the Covid-19 pandemic, and expand their work in involving the most vulnerable people in their community in sport. 

In 2017, the club’s renovation of a community centre into a boxing gym. This year, the club received £440 from the Be Active Wales Fund which helped them restart safely after lockdown, and £295,543 from the National Lottery Community Fund Wales to expand the club’s work in involving vulnerable people in their community in sport.

Llanrumney Phoenix Boxing Club was awarded a National Lottery grant of £17,000 by Sport Wales in 2017 to help turn a community centre in disrepair into a boxing gym. Now the boxing club sees 150 young people visit the gym every day. 

Over the last few months, the club has been concerned about the impact of Covid on the mental health of its boxers. It has encouraged its members to come forward if they are feeling anxious or alone and are now offering a free mental health and wellbeing course.

Head Coach Tony Richards says:

“It’s important to us that we give back to the community in which we’ve grown up. There is high deprivation here and a lot of children don’t go to school which is heartbreaking to see.

“We would like to thank National Lottery players because we simply would not be able to support the community without this investment. It makes a world of difference to the lives of young people in our area.”

“We work with the Police and Crime Commission and the Youth Offending Service to try and help support kids who are struggling.”

Boxers at Llanrumney Phoenix Boxing Club
Boxing session photo by @LlanrumneyPBC


Working with organisations like Action for Children’s Serious Organised Crime Early Intervention Service, another National Lottery funded project, Llanrumney Phoenix works hard to steer young people away from offending.

Llanrumney Phoenix Boxing Club reached the final of the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards – the annual search to find the UK’s favourite lottery-funded projects and people – for its inclusive work.

The club recently scooped a further National Lottery grant of £440 from the Sport Wales Be Active Wales Fund to help it restart its boxing activities after lockdown. The money was spent on a thermometer, Covid safety signage, facemasks, gloves and skipping ropes to ensure a safe, socially distant training environment.

In another knock-out win, in July 2020 the club secured £295,543 from the National Lottery Community Fund Wales so that it can expand its work even further working with children at risk of exclusion, homeless people as well as those living with dementia, depression, anxiety and isolation.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, many of which are supporting the most vulnerable in communities across the UK during the Coronavirus crisis.