Million Dollar Crolla Is a Maverick Star

Million Dollar Crolla Is A Maverick Star

Manchester boxing legend Anthony Crolla has joined forces with Maverick Stars as he looks for a new home for his amateur gym.

Fox ABC in Failsworth was destroyed in March when a suspicious fire raged through the mill it was housed in. Now the former WBA world lightweight champion is determined to rebuild the gym in partnership with Maverick Stars Trust.

"It's [the gym] saved so many young lads and girls from getting into trouble," Anthony said. "It gives them a bit of discipline. When the gym was burnt down, the kids were as gutted as I was, if not more. I promised them we'll make sure that we come back better than ever so I'll have to make sure I stick to that word."

Anthony's task of finding new premises has been hampered by the COVID-19 lockdown, but with some restrictions now eased, he's determined to get the club back on track - with support from Maverick Stars Trust.

The charity has worked with amateur clubs throughout the country - helping with funding bids, facilitating partnerships and delivering community enhancement projects such as 'Sting Like a Bee', 'Fight Like a Girl' and the Food Community Hub.

(picture: Jimmy Lewis (FOX ABC founder), Anthony Crolla)

Million Dollar Crolla is a Maverick Star

New Salford Gym Raring to Go

A new boxing gym aimed at providing opportunities for young people in Salford is ready to open its doors - just as soon it's safe to do so.

As the nation remains on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, work has progressed on Walkden ABC - a joint venture between Maverick Stars Trust and ambassador Jamie Moore. The gym shares a unit at Walkden Town Centre with 'The Den' - a facility that will provide sport and leisure activities for local young people.

"The gym's all fitted out and ready to go now," Jamie said. "We've had all sorts of hurdles to get us to this stage, but I'm really excited now as I know it's going to change a lot of people's lives. Walkden's my area and it has always needed a boxing gym. I can't wait to get going when some kind of normality resumes."

In the meantime, Jamie intends to launch a series of training videos giving interested young people a chance to learn the boxing basics prior to the big opening.

New Salford Gym Raring to Go

Support for Timperley ABC

Timperley ABC has been given a boost with a new sponsor coming on board.

McQueen Dairies has provided kit for the junior members of the club. Business development manager, Adam McQueen, handed out -t-shirts to the young boxers.

The club, based on the Broomwood estate, is in the process of extending the gym as it is currently over-subscribed and in desperate need of more space.

Timperley ABC juniors pictured (top) with ((L-R) Adam McQueen, head coach Mark Davidson and assistant coach Dave Walker.

Making a difference at Market Drayton ABC

It’s been a busy time for Market Drayton Boxing after the club has secured investment from Maverick Stars Trust to deliver an after-school project alongside the town’s Grove School in Market Drayton itself.

Improving School attendance and behaviour

Shropshire-based club Market Drayton Boxing has been able to deliver some boxing sessions to youngsters that have really made a difference.

Chris Blasé, the lead coach at club, was approached by the school to deliver a programme to seven to 11-year-olds as some similar activity for their pupils had shown very good results in terms of attendance and behaviour.

Crucial Maverick funding

Unfortunately, the school did not have any funds available to facilitate the running of the activity but Maverick Stars Trust, via England Boxing’s Club Support Officer Mick Maguire, stepped in to ensure the project went ahead.

Blasé added: “Mick very kindly helped us with our application and the planning of the programme delivery of the programme, but Maverick were brilliant and came through with a grant, without which we wouldn’t have been able to do this work with the kids.

More than 40 children have taken part

“Several of the group are now registered with England Boxing to compete and indeed one of our youngsters recently took part in his first skills bout and loved every second of it.

“With over 40 young people taking part we are delighted with the programme so far.

The pictures show some of the members of the group training at the boxing club and the whole group taking part in the programme on the Sports Field.

Walkden ABC – Doors Opening Soon!


A new gym in the Walkden area of Salford is nearing completion and set to open before the end of the January.

The facility will include a boxing gym and multi-activity hub for young people.  Based at Walkden Town Centre, Walkden Amateur Boxing Club – in partnership with Maverick Stars Trust - will operate alongside a series of sport and leisure programmes delivered by Salford Community Leisure, Integrated Youth Support Services and Salford Youth Alliance. The project is also backed by Greater Manchester Police and ForHousing.

Maverick ambassador and former British, Commonwealth and European champion Jamie Moore is heading up the boxing gym. Now a hugely successful trainer, Jamie’s been keen to put something back into the area he grew up in, and the new facility provides the perfect opportunity to inspire the next generation.

“It's fantastic to see it all take shape and I can't wait for Walkden to finally have its own boxing club.  I had to go to Little Hulton to box when I was a kid, but that closed years ago.

Boxing instils discipline, self-confidence and can present all sorts of opportunities. I know, I was that kid without direction and focus. Boxing changed all that for me. It’s not an exaggeration to say it saves lives, it’s a fact.”

Maverick Stars founder Charlotte Gilley believes the scheme will transform the area. "We’ve analysed data from other areas, many of which have serious problems with anti-social behaviour, and it’s clear that a boxing gym can have a massively positive impact." she said.

“Maverick Stars is all about giving young people a chance through sport and we want those young people to show their true potential. This initiative will be a major plus for the area and having Jamie on board is fantastic. There’s no better Salford role model.”

Walkden ABC will be housed in one half of a unit that will also deliver programmes including multi-sports, drama, dance and a variety of leadership initiatives. The hub will provide opportunities for young people to take part in activities, but will also provide a safe haven for those that simply want somewhere to go to meet friends.

Along with the many opportunities provided for young people, the new facility will also provide employment for full-time and part-time boxing coaches and youth workers.

Fishergate – Reels them in

A fantastic new initiative at Fishersgate Amateur Boxing Club is proving a big hit with people living with Parkinson's disease.

Research has shown that boxing can improve symptoms of Parkinson's, helping those diagnosed with the disease to maintain higher levels of function and quality of life. That fact wasn't lost on Nick Clark, a coach at the Brighton club, who set up the programme with funding help from Maverick Stars Trust.

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Jamie’s Dream Edges Closer

Maverick Stars, working alongside fighter-turned-trainer Jamie Moore, have been given the green light to go ahead with plans to open a boxing club in Salford.

Walkden ABC will take its place within a unit at the Walkden Shopping centre that will also cater for other youth activities delivered by Salford Community Leisure.

Many hurdles have been overcome to get to this stage of the process, and Jamie, a Maverick Stars ambassador, is delighted the plan is nearing fruition: "It's been nearly three years in the making," he said. "Walkden has the same problems as other areas but it's never had an amateur boxing gym.

"Kids are hanging around the shops and they have no real direction. The gym will go a long way to helping to fix these problems. If it changes just one kid's life, it'll be worth it."

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Aston ABC – Flags out for new coaches

The boxers meet once a month with the overall aim of getting more women involved in the sport. The intiative is led by Aston ABCs lead coach John Homer, who said: "We first started the squad in 2016 and it has grown from strength to strength.

"We now have a regular attendance of up to 40 female boxers at each gathering.  The boxers are able to access coaching and sparring opportunities and we have proven to be very successful with a number of our members having won domestic and international honours. 

"The natural progression for us has been to encourage more female coaches into the squad system and with the help of The Maverick Stars Trust, we have now successfully managed to gain ten new coaches as the first part of our drive to attract more female coaches to boxing. 

"Maverick Stars were fantastic from the start and loved the idea from the outset.  The charitable foundation were as good as their word with a very welcome grant of £3,000 which was very gratefully received." The level 1 coaching course was held at Tamworth Boxing Club and delivered by female coaches to help inspire those in attendance.  Kat Stanford of Tamworth ABC and Louise Vidor of Brightstar Boxing Academy gave up their time to help to push the programme along. 

Louise said: "It was fantastic to be involved in the delivery of this course and I was delighted to see so many female coaches in attendance.  Female coaching participation is growing all the time and I really welcome the effort and support that enabled the 'FLAG' programme to keep going and to offer opportunities like this."

Pictured are: Elaine Homer (Aston ABC), Claire McDermott (Brooklands ABC), Claire Salisbury (Jewellery Quarter), Jade Collett (Wednesbury), Sophie Morton (Droitwich), Georgie Belt (Tamworth), Paige Goodyear (Brooklands), Ileana Ingram (Aston), Jo Gavin (Andersons), Wendy Hurst (Warley)

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Lee Jones ABC – England Squad In Liverpool

Maverick stars trust purchased a second hand ring for jones abc . It has helped raise the club profile massively and increased capacity to reduce costs in hosting events such as spar days , club shows , hosting regional rounds of championships and being able to host the England talent camp over a weekend .

The England Boxing talent squad took advantage of the excellent facilities. Maverick Stars funding has helped enable such activities.

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Timperley Amateur Boxing Club

The club based on the Broomwood Estate has been providing a significant quality service to its local community since its inception seven years previously, the trustees were impressed on how the club had continued to sustain itself without any significant partnership support but via a group of committed volunteers. 

The trust also took extra steps to support the project by engaging with England Boxing and providing a support network to support the organisation by helping access further funding to match their own investment. The Maverick Stars Trust investment was equal to a 37.5% of the total project cost, and also to date has assisted the club in securing match funding from Sport England, Trafford Council, Trafford Housing Trust.

This project should be completed by late 2019.