Caricatures For Our Ambassadors

Caricatures For Our Ambassadors

Maverick Stars Trust's ambassadors have been made into caricatures, in a bid to promote their work with the charity across social media.

Ellie Jack Illustrations has created seven images, starting with Team GB's Delicious Orie.

Born in Moscow to a Russian mother and Nigerian father, DJ was raised in Wolverhampton from the age of seven.

He only started boxing at 18 whilst at university, under the guidance of Mick Maguire at the Jewellery Quarter Boxing Club in Birmingham.

Since then, exciting amateur Conner Tudsbury and Wimborne ABC's Dave Rimmer have featured.

Conner spends most of his time with Team GB in Sheffield, but regularly visits his amateur club, Moss Side Fire Boxing Club, to help out with sessions for youngsters.

Dave has launched the 'Athlete Academy' in Dorset, allowing young fighters to continue their education alongside the sport.

Still to come are brilliant cartoons of Chantelle Cameron, Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis, completing the images of our ambassadors who do great work in the community.

Unsung Hero – Ben Lancaster

Unsung Hero - Ben Lancaster

Each week we pay homage to a boxing ‘unsung hero’. The lifeblood of the sport - the men and women who have contributed so much and asked for so little, who have saved lives and transformed futures.

This week our attention turns to a man that spends most of his time in a shed in Middleton, Greater Manchester.

A gym set up in his back garden has been the home to national and international champions, and before that thirty years at Boarshaw ABC saw success after success.

We spoke to one of those who benefitted from his tutelage, Maverick Stars Trust coach and former professional fighter Danny Wright.

“Over the last forty years, he’s had thirty odd national champions,” he said. “He’s been a great role model to hundreds of kids, and he’s a very funny guy as well!

“He took me from a nine-year-old to a senior national title and boxing for England numerous times.”

Ben's selfless guidance came outside the gym as well, working to keep young adults in the sport alongside their studies.

“He was a tutor at Hopwood Hall when they had a boxing college there,” he said. “Ben helped young people leaving school have a pathway so they could have a further education but stay involved in boxing.”

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Jazza Aims for Redemption

Jazza Aims for Redemption

Jazza Dickens is confident redemption will be his when he fights for the vacant IBF featherweight world title.

The Liverpudlian is set to face Kid Galahad in the coming months, eight years after he was stopped by the Ingle trained fighter for the British title.

Jazza, who is working on an initiative to help families of addiction with Maverick Stars Trust, believes the time is right for him to finally get his hands on major honours.

"By fighting the only man to have me on the floor, that redemption story is something that makes it more exciting," he said.

"I'll show my family and supporters what it takes, the hard work it takes to turn something around like that and believe in yourself. If you keep believing in yourself, you can do anything you want."

Unsung Heroes – Pat and Roy Richardson

Unsung Heroes - Pat and Roy Richardson

Each week we pay homage to a boxing ‘unsung hero’. The lifeblood of the sport - the men and women who have contributed so much and asked for so little, who have saved lives and transformed futures.

This week, it's two for the price of one as we highlight the selfless work of Pat and Roy Richardson. Nominated by Collyhurst and Moston ABC's Thomas McDonagh, we decided to get the lowdown on all they've done for amateur boxing from their granddaughter and former commonwealth champion, Stacey Copeland.

"Grandad started our gym as Bredbury Steelworks 44 years ago," Stacey said. "They moved into the place we're at now and just in the last three years we've changed the name from Bredbury and Stockport [ABC] to the Roy Richardson Boxing Academy.

"My nan, initially her role was predominantly organising everything. They've organised trips to New York, Cuba, incredible places for kids who'd never been out of the local area. Granddad taught a few of the boxers to read and some of them have stayed with them when they've fallen on hard times.

"They've done a lot around boxing, but it's what they've done for people and the community, particularly young people, that is quite amazing."

Watch the full interview with Stacey below to find out more about the inspirational story of Pat and Roy Richardson.

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Free School Meals in Hull from Monday

Free School Meals in Hull from Monday

Former Commonwealth champion Tommy Coyle is joining the fight against hunger, as he prepares to give out free meals to children in Hull.

Working in partnership with Maverick Stars Trust, Coyle joins the programme which already has support from the likes of Anthony Crolla and Jamie Moore.

With the scheme already a huge success in the North-West, the link up ensures even more youngsters will be fed whilst they are off school.

"We've done relatively well in the lockdown with retail because a lot of people have shopped locally," he said. "We're the owners of three or four different fruit and veg stalls, and it doesn't sit right with me that we've profited from these tough times.

"I feel like it's the right thing to do, to try and give back where I can."

Unsung Hero – Darren Barker pays tribute to Tony Burns

Unsung Hero - Darren Barker pays tribute to Tony Burns

Each week we pay homage to a boxing ‘unsung hero’. The lifeblood of the sport - the men and women who have contributed so much and asked for so little, who have saved lives and transformed futures.

To mark the sad passing of boxing's Tony Burns, 80, we caught up with former middleweight world champion and tv pundit Darren Barker. Described as his 'second father', Darren explained the impact Tony had not just on his life and career, but that of hundreds of boxers from all walks of life and abilities.

"He gave up the biggest part of his life to help others," Darren said. "I struggle to put into words how important he was in my life. A mentor, someone who could extract the best out of me as a sportsman and a person."

Tony, who was honoured with an MBE in 2009 for services to amateur boxing, was also an inspiration to Darren's late brother Gary - a junior Olympic champion who died in a car accident aged 19. 

"It hurt Tony a lot when my brother died. We were all so close. My Dad boxed at Repton, then me and my brother. Tony was very close to us all, he was there for us. It's crazy that for all the 365 days of the year that Tony could've passed away on, he passed away on my brother's birthday," Darren added.

Watch the full interview for more on Tony Burns, Darren's thoughts on boxing's role in communities, and his plea for all involved in the sport to do more to help grassroots boxing.

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Lockdown Sessions for Local Schools

Lockdown Sessions for Local Schools

Walkden ABC has been providing basic boxing lessons to schools in the area, to keep pupils active during the latest lockdown.

Maverick Stars' coach Danny Wright has put together six sessions teaching key skills in the sport, mixed in with intense fitness sessions.

Working with Walkden Co-op Academy and other surrounding schools, the lessons will give those who take part a head start if they take up boxing when Jamie Moore's amateur boxing club in the area can finally open its doors.

The first session was launched on Thursday with an introduction to the boxing stance, before pupils will learn how to throw and defend both the jab and back hand over the next few weeks.

Alongside this, coach Wright will continue to run sessions at the Co-op Academy for year 7 pupils.

Unsung Hero – Kelvyn Travis

Unsung Hero - Kelvyn Travis

Each Friday we pay homage to a boxing ‘unsung hero’. The lifeblood of the sport - the men and women who have contributed so much and asked for so little, who have saved lives and transformed futures.

This week we focus on a man credited with guiding Audley Harrison to super-heavyweight gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. It was a success story that led to a massive boost in funding for elite amateur boxing in Great Britain, a change that paved the way for Amir Khan, James DeGale, Luke Campbell, Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams and so many more.

But that contribution barely scratches the surface in terms of the impact and achievements of Oldham’s Kelvyn Travis. In paying homage to the man, Nigel Travis said:

“He’s right up there with the best unsung heroes I’ve ever known. He’s been coaching for more than 50 years and has worked tirelessly with the grassroots of our sport. He’s carried out nearly all his work as a volunteer – many hours in gyms over many, many years.

“He became a national coach and performance coach and helped set up what is now the GB Boxing centre in Sheffield. He was instrumental in all of it and has helped develop some of the elite fighters in our sport, working at the very highest level.

“He works tirelessly as an amateur and professional coach. He is in gyms around the country on a daily basis and is especially important to Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club, where he is simply known as ‘The Boss’.  I might be the head coach at the gym, but I dance to his tune. He’s everything to the gym, and he’s my Dad.”


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Good News Travels….

Good News Travels....

It's been a good week in the press for Maverick Stars Trust with publications nationwide giving column inches to our initiatives.

The Star in Sheffield reports....

Owls captain, Barry Bannan, has helped a local charity drive blitz passed their target of £500 as they seek to provide meals for young kids across the city, becoming the latest footballer to play his part following the incredible work being done by Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

Daniel Barton, of Mentalmate said, “We originally had planned to feed 50 children per day in partnership with Maverick Stars Trust… I shared this plan across social media and had a few queries about how people could also get involved in terms of both food and money donations. So I set up a fundraiser for anyone who wanted to help us reach more children.

In the Bolton News....

A community hub has surpassed its expectations of delivering 150 meals a week to the vulnerable- giving out more than SIX times that amount in just a week. Elite Community Food Hub in Halliwell is now seeking to raise £14,000 to keep going until the end of April, as demand for their service soars.

The hub has been working in partnership with Maverick Stars Trust to deliver food to young people and families around Bolton who would normally rely on school for a nutritious meal per day.

Meanwhile, in Bognor Regis, the Observer has this to say....

Southern Counties club, Bognor Regis ABC, was unable to return to its premises of eight years last July because its landlord needed to rent out the space at full cost, 'to recoup losses due to Covid-19 closures'.

Despite 'standing temporarily homeless', the 98-year-old club can now 'look forward to marking its centenary' thanks to support from the local community.


Unsung Hero – Jimmy Lewis

Unsung Hero - Jimmy Lewis

Unsung Hero - Someone who does a great job but receives little or no recognition for it.

That, by definition, is Jimmy Lewis.

Founder of Fox ABC in 1978, Jimmy has helped thousands of kids from Manchester to find the right path in life.

"All the young lads coming through, they remind me of the lads from years ago," he said. "They all put hard work in, we make sure they do and we make sure they behave themselves."

The club had struggled to find a new home since a fire destroyed their old premises last year, but with the help of Maverick Stars Trust, they have relocated to Avro FC in North Manchester.

"I couldn't believe it when I came to see how much has been done," he said. "An unfortunate situation with the fire has turned out brilliantly."

Anthony Crolla has called the Fox home throughout his boxing career, and the work he did with Jimmy as a young fighter is a big part of the successes he had in his career.

"He's dedicated over 40 years of his life helping kids in the area," he said. "It means a lot to me to see what it means to him."