Projects

Hall Green Boxing Club

Completed: 2013
Location: Birmingham
Region: West Midlands
Wickes local store partner(s): Hall Green
Other local partners: Big Lottery Fund

About the project

Hall Green Boxing Club in south east Birmingham was established in 2000, and now has more than 60 local young people who train at the club every week. The club nominated itself to host a VIY project in 2013 to fully renovate the gym’s showers, toilet block and changing rooms. 18 young people aged 14-17, all members at the clubs, volunteered on the project, working alongside two VIY skills mentors (local builders who also volunteered their time).

Club manager Tom Chaney was delighted to link with VIY: “Our toilets, showers and changing rooms were very run down and in desperate need of repair. Fixing them was a great opportunity for our young members to give something back to the gym and for the whole club to benefit. They took great pride in the work they completed, and the fact that they gained an entry level City & Guilds qualification, under the guidance of professional tradespeople, was a big draw – and reward – for the young people.”

VIY mentor and local tradesman Hermes added: “We were really keen to do what we could to help these young people. They really got stuck in and did a great job. This is a great way to show young people what building work is all about and how it might be for them.”

The project was also visited by Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd.

It was really great to see the young lads who use the gym so keen to help and get involved. They also got a vocational qualification that will help them further down the line with finding work. Tom Chaney, Manager & Chief Coach, Hall Green Boxing Club
I train at the club almost every day and I wanted to do this project because it helped the club but also gav me a qualification. It felt like real work and very different to trying to learn something at school or college. Hall Green Boxing Club member & VIY volunteer