The work of a Kirkby boxing club to combat young offending and antisocial behaviour has received a cash boost.
Kirkby Amateur Boxing Club, based at Westvale Community Centre, has received a £70,000 grant from Sport England to provide an extension and new facilities at the club.
As well as its traditional boxing activities, Kirkby ABC also works with the Community Rehabilitation Company and Knowsley schools, supporting former offenders and helping those involved in anti-social behaviour stay on the straight and narrow.
With the support of Knowsley Council, the club submitted a bid to the National Lottery-funded Sport England to fund a second gym and two small classrooms. The new gym will offer a range of exercise activities, non-traditional sports and dance, while the classrooms will give participants opportunities for learning and attending victim reparation sessions.
Work to extend the building will begin in June, with the extension expected to be completed by autumn.
John Lloyd, Kirkby ABC Director and Secretary, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding and are grateful for the support we’ve received from the council in making the bid. The funding will make a big difference to the work we do with young offenders and those involved in anti-social behaviour.
“It will enable us to offer a wider range of activities, in addition to the traditional boxing we’re known for, as well as offering young people quiet areas to focus on learning, self-discipline and victim and offender reparation.”