We've re-opened but need your help!
What Hornets Boxing Club has achieved over the last couple of months is unbelievable – our gym has been made COVID safe to England Boxing standards with support from Kent Sport Return to Action programme and re-opened. Our boxers aged 6 to 65 are back training and getting fit. Coaching sessions are running 5 days a week, open to regulars and first time boxers.
We can only train 18 people at a time with the new social distancing rules but we’re still managing to train 35 boys and girls plus a group of over 18’s each night we’re open. It’s a huge achievement and we’re very proud of where we are today. This would not have been possible without the incredibly generous support of individuals who donated over £3,000 over the summer months. This money has kept Hornets running since August - current restrictions limit us on how many boxers we can have in the gym per session which leaves us short on subs so these donations have been a lifeline. Thank you everyone who donated. We wouldn’t be here without you. You know who you are!!!
And did we mention Hornets boss and Head Coach Chris Daley has received the Black History Month Next Gen Trailblazers award this month too? Chris was chosen by double Olympic gold medal winning boxer Nicola Adams OBE for this award which goes to “inspiring individuals” chosen for their “cause-driven work, creating a lasting legacy for the next generation of Brits.” Well done Chris!
We now need your help. Usually this time of year we’d be getting ready to put on a Show at Royal Harbour. Our shows draw boxers from as far afield as Southampton and South London and all over Kent. We are disappointed our boxers will miss out on the chance to compete, but it’s also a big knock on our income. We’re a not for profit organisation run by volunteers so this money is needed to pay rent and bills to keep the gym open.
Where is your money going?
The club is aiming to raise £2,000 to keep the gym open and COVID safe for our boxers this winter. Sport England, under their ‘Active Together’ Crowdfunding initiative, will match fund up to 50% of our initial target….but only if we raise the full amount so please give generously! Thank you for your support!!!