Up off the canvas

by Rathfriland Cross Community Amateur Boxing Club in Newry, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th June 2023 we successfully raised £26,100 with 68 supporters in 597 days

Rebuild & re-energise membership volunteers & supporters to offer an inclusive rural sports programme for local children and young people

by Rathfriland Cross Community Amateur Boxing Club in Newry, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

As our membership grows our longer term plan is to create a greater integration with the local community through closer alliances with other sporting and voluntary organisations in the area. We want a club facility which is an asset for promoting health & well being in the local community.

Boxers need to box. They need to compete. They need to pit themselves and their skills against another...someone who can match them, blow for blow, pound for pound and thought for thought 

With your support, our boxers will continue to learn that they can win with discipline and grace but also to lose with dignity and respect for their opponent.

Since lockdown, our young boxers have not been able to train, compete or meet socially. All have lost a significant chunk of development opportunities and some have become de-motivated, disinterested and disengaged

They cannot get this lost time back, but we can offer them help to get back into the ring to re-discover their passion, their energy and their devotion to sports.

We are a local, voluntary sports organisation, managed by local people, staffed by volunteers who live locally for the benefit of our young people                                                          
We value the contributions of all supporters, members, funders and as such all financial contributions or income is to be stewarded in an open and transparent manner and used for the purposes for which they were intended

All income raised through this appeal (and all other sources) is used solely for our members, all of whom are under 18. 


Our club.

Our club is centrally located in the small rural town of Rathfriland. Our members hail from neighbouring towns such as Hilltown, Mayobridge, Cabra, Ballyward Katesbridge, Annaclone, Kilcoo, Barnmeen Leitrim and Castlewellan. The club has a rich tradition and heritage of serving the local community through the promotion of the sport of boxing. Prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we had over 100 members (from11-18 years old) involved in our club: training; participating in competitions and building lifelong friendships

We will continue to value and uphold the reputation of the club, our members, volunteers, trustees and the wider community from which we derive our supportWe take pride in being a cross community organisation providing boxing general fitness coaching to local young people and children.

Since starting in 2014 the club has increased numbers year on year, however, since re-opening after lockdown, our member numbers have not returned to pre-pandemic levels. A loss of over half our membership, coupled with a loss of income over the last 18 months, means we are urgently need of financial support to ensure we can continue to offer vital activities to aide the physical and mental health and well-being of our local young people 


The purpose of boxing (leaving aside the mental, physical, social and emotional benefits) is to compete. The cost of bringing squads to competitions can be high. Many parents would struggle to cover the cost of transport, accommodation, food, club kits and so forth. We believe we should not place the financial burden on parents, nor see any child excluded because cost is an issue.

With your support our club can continue to re-build after a very difficult 18 months. We urgently need the support of people like you, who understand the needs of offering children and young people transformational opportunities through sports

Our facilities.

Over the course of the next 2 years our club wish to embark on a highly ambitious facilities upgrade and inclusive participation strategy. Our longer-term aim is to develop the club’s facilities so we can become a local sports and community hub. 

To continue to be a strong presence in the local community, we will to begin to not only rebuild our membership base, but also to source a wider range of fitness products and equipment. This will signal to our current and lapsed members that the club means business and our young people can have access to state-of-the-art equipment. Eventually, this will be utilised by our partners

We have always sought to offer our young members, the best facilities and equipment available. However, we are limited by our income. This income has been drastically reduced due to loss of business sponsorship, membership fees, charity Gala fundraisers and individual donations.   

How will we use the funds

We will purchase relevant equipment and other coaching aids which will be beneficial for the attainment of our young people's coaching and fitness goals.

We will supply members travelling to competitions, galas and other club events with training kits so they can show their pride in their club



...and finally a word from Bobby 1636032868_letter_from_bobby_lavery.png



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

One hour of one-to-one fitness training

£25 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£25 Reward

Add a bit of sparkle to your fridge with a chilled bottle of Prosecco, and we will have it to you in plenty of time to toast the Christmas Season

£75 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£75 Reward

By pledging £75 to our appeal, you can avail of free hire of our hall for a birthday party, Christmas event or to invite a group of friends to use our fitness equipment. Might be useful to get rid of that holiday weight after Christmas. Free use of facilities is subject to availability and can be redeemed any time up to 31 July 2022

£120 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£120 Business Jab

12 months of advertising on a A2 board located in both the training area and boxing space. All you need to do is give us the name of your business and a logo if available...we'll do the rest

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

If your club or company wish to stage a white collar boxing event to raise money for your chosen charity, we can supply, install and remove: boxing ring spectator seating 2 x corner men Referee Boxing gloves

£2,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£2000 Business Reward

By pledging £2,000 to this appeal, your business will become Principal Sponsor of Rathfriland Cross Community Amateur Boxing Club. All boxers' vests will carry your company name /logo, we will place an A1 sized advertising board at the entrance to the gym and on walls of training area and main boxing space. We will also promote the sponsorship in all our social media and club communications

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