Denton Cricket Club

17 May 2024

Blackwell Adventure

17 May 2024

TLS Boxing

26 April 2024

A VIY fairytale project. A derelict gym for 20 yrs, local boxing coach Richard Vassel has taken 2 years off his own work as a carpenter. As a project to remedy his own mental health and to provide a safe, positive space for local people, he’s dedicated the past 2 years to transforming this building into a boxing gym for all in his local community.

He’s garnered support from the local trade community to help on the works together, and to upcycle/reuse second hand equipment. Local people from the community have been thrilled to see the building come back to life – local people from the community have helped out where they can, and prepping food for the workers too!

The aim of our VIY project is to finish off this 2 year long passion project to get the club finally up and running, adding finishing touches with ‘knockout’ flooring and creating bench seating for the main boxing hall, tiling the toilets and ice bath room and painting & decorating throughout.

Thanks to our co-funders and partners on this project Lambeth Council, Powerday Foundation, Sport England and Toolstation, with materials supplied from Dulux and Travis Perkins.

Richard’s vision:

To provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to come together and enjoy the benefits of sports and physical activity. By fostering a sense of community and collaboration, we aspire to not only promote health and fitness but also to cultivate a supportive network where individuals can have a safe space. With a strong emphasis on accessibility and affordability, we aim to break down the financial barriers that often  hinder people from participating in sports and recreation. Through the dedication of our volunteer mentors and experienced coaches, we are committed to ensuring that every member receives the guidance and support they need to reach their full potential. Together, we will build a vibrant and empowering space that encourages personal development, teamwork, and a lifelong love for sports.

See his journey so far here



23 February 2024

Stratford Boxing Club

29 January 2024

When we first spoke to Stratford Sports Club, the town had just faced their worst floods in a decade. Our call couldn’t have come at a better time, as we stepped in with our second project with Stratford-on-Avon District Council to help kick the boxing club back into action.

The project:

The boxing club was badly damaged in the basement of the building, with water rising up to the punchbags – pictured here on the right. Some of their equipment was badly damaged.

We helped the club dry out the space, before repairing walls with protective cladding and redecorating throughout the space damaged by the flood, and popping some equipment back into the club for them

The young people: 19 local young people from partners including Welcombe Hills School (all with special educational needs), Warwickshire Youth Justice Service and Warwickshire College Group, as well four local volunteers with refugee or asylum seeker status, who joined the project to build their skills and to be part of the local community.

The impact:

  • A club ready to fit new flooring to get their doors back open and young people training in the club
  • Entry Level City & Guilds accreditations gained in Painting & Decorating – and learners progressing onto our next local project at Kineton Sports & Social Club
  • Hear from Lorenzo below, to see the impact on his life – who has now gone on to volunteer on another VIY project on our programme in Bromsgrove
  • A brilliant collaborative effort, working alongside local partners including welcomed us to the town, including Stratford Police, Stratford JobCentre, Warwickshire County Council, CAVA in Stratford, building on the success of our project in 2023 at Temple Grafton Village Hall

📸 Action shots here by Alexia Doughty Photography and friend of the club.

Project part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, match-funded by Sport England. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit

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