The club

West Kingsdown Boxing Club was founded in March 2017 by Head Coach, Mickey Bowden, a successful former amateur and professional boxer. For many years he has awaited the opportunity to ‘give something back’ to the sport and local community by opening a club for the benefit of the community in West Kingsdown. The club aims to encourage people of all ages, gender, and ethnic backgrounds to join the club, by offering boxing classes for all abilities.

Challenges faced

As a not-for-profit organisation, West Kingsdown Boxing Club relies on funding and the support of local businesses to cover its costs. When he started the club, Mickey saw the potential in the “Gym Room” in Kent’s West Kingsdown Village Hall, expanding the room to two floors to accommodate a 14’ boxing ring, punch bags, and plenty of room for training.

The project is now complete and West Kingsdown Boxing Club has a permanent home, but the club still needs all the help it can get to pay for boxing equipment and ongoing running costs.

“With the support of Croft, we hope to purchase new equipment to encourage more people to join, stay active, and otherwise engage with a worthwhile activity.”

Mickey Bowden, Founder, and Head Coach, West Kingsdown Boxing Club

Croft’s Grassroots solution

The club approached Croft Communications to take advantage of our Grassroots Initiative, a scheme open to UK sports clubs looking to raise extra funds. By taking out a mobile contract with Croft, the boxing club could benefit from great value telecoms services – and also rake in a regular stream of cash for the club, to help them fund their junior and senior sessions three times a week, plus men and women-only sessions on top.

The results: How the initiative has supported the club

It’s proven that boxing clubs offer a positive diversion from crime and antisocial behaviour, promoting discipline and respect. So with the funds to encourage individuals to join the club, stay active and build respect for the community, West Kingsdown Boxing Club has been able to make a positive and lasting difference in the village. At Croft, we’re proud to support the club to provide a place for people to go to keep fit and learn a new skill, with the possibility of competing.

Head Coach, Mickey Bowden, said:

“West Kingsdown Boxing Club is extremely grateful to the team at Croft for choosing to work with us. It’s great to work with an organisation that has gone above and beyond to support us and fully understands the grassroots ethos.”

Find out more

Are you a local sports club looking to boost your income? Croft’s Grassroots Initiative could contribute over £000’s each year towards your running costs.

Discover more about our cash reward scheme for community sports clubs, or contact our Director of Partnerships, Jon Poole, via [email protected] or 01920 449 201.

Want to find out more about West Kingsdown Boxing Club? Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the handle @wkdbox.