Recently-established East Brighton ABC in Sussex is the second club to be given support from the Maverick Stars Trust as they bid to engage young people during the 2019 school holidays.

East Brighton ABC’s bid to engage – and feed – young people

East Brighton ABC operate out of the Crew Club youth centre in the Whitehawk ward, on the outskirts of the city, and an area that is unfortunately one of significant deprivation.

The club was created by centre staff just over three years ago, when a growing number of young people highlighted that they would like to take up the sport.

Darren Snow MBE, Crew Club Manager, took up the challenge – and has been leading the club ever since.

In partnership with The Maverick Stars Trust and England Boxing, East Brighton ABC are looking to engage a group of young people throughout the schools holidays of 2019 – Easter, Summer and Autumn.

They will be looking to upskill a young and engaged boxer from the club to assist with coaching and develop their leadership skills, while also providing a group of young people the opportunity to learn a new sport through the GB Boxing Awards programme.

The young people will also get a healthy meal at the end of each training session, at a time when many of them – having usually received free school meals during term time – would otherwise be inactive, disengaged and hungry.

The target audience

The target audience is 20-plus young disadvantaged people from the East Brighton area, aged 10 to 16.

What will the project achieve?

To engage new participants in the sport of boxing, relieve anti-social behaviour and disengagement of young people during school holiday periods, and to alleviate holiday hunger among the participants.

Additionally, a young boxer will gain skills in coaching and leadership throughout the programme and their subsequent Level 1 qualification.

The long-term sustainability of the project

Long-term, the club will seek to raise funds with the 20-plus young people involved, by hosting community events that will ensure the holiday sessions can continue into the future.

The club will also use this project as a starting point to apply for future funding from other grant providers, who believe in the outcomes and can see the value of the project in 2019.

Contact East Brighton ABC

If you want to box at East Brighton, or get involved as a volunteer, you can email or call 0127 3608607.

East Brighton ABC – School Holiday Programme