Painting and decorating apprentices and construction students from North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College are lining up to makeover the premises of a grass roots boxing club in Leicester as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
The College is appealing to local businesses to get involved in the makeover by donating materials, equipment and time to help improve the facilities at the community boxing gym. Atlas Boxing & Fitness Club, based at Gwendolen Road in Leicester, makes its home in a former industrial unit which struggles with condensation and poor ventilation.
The amateur club, which is affiliated by England Boxing, has already gained around 100 active members in the year since it opened, and provides inspirational experiences for young people of all backgrounds.
National Apprenticeship Week, scheduled for 3-9 February 2020, provides a perfect platform for apprentices from local businesses to show off the skills that they have acquired while carrying out some work to improve a valued local community asset.
Atlas Boxing coach and partner Aysha Limbada said, “We’re delighted that the College wants to get involved and help us to refurbish the club. We offer recreational boxing and fitness training for anyone aged eight and older as well as helping people who want to train to become a professional boxer. We have already made a significant impact on the lives of young people. One 17-year old member with ADHD joined us as part of weight loss programme and as well as shedding the pounds, he has grown in confidence and developed as a person.
“I am also very keen to challenge traditional stereotypes as personal role model for Muslim women who want to try boxing as part of their fitness routine and there are already around ten young women learning self-defence at the club.
“One of the biggest issues we have is that the premises are old and so we struggle with condensation on the walls and floors. Some of the windows are not properly glazed so it would be great to winter-proof the windows and maybe even get a new central heating system installed. Even the cost of an industrial de-humidifier is beyond our means just now.”
Business engagement advisor Louise Cheshire, who is leading the College’s involvement with the club said, “Atlas offer a fantastic community resource and we would love local construction businesses to get involved and lend a hand for a DIY makeover. We’ll be collecting pledges over the weeks ahead and the work will take place during National Apprenticeships Week in February 2020. Our apprentices on the painting and decorating programme and construction students based at the College’s Wigston Campus are standing by to do a great job but it would be brilliant if we could also help to tackle some of the club’s other issues with its premises at the same time.”
National Apprenticeship Week is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England and is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country. Apprenticeship employers use the opportunity to promote the success of their apprentices and highlight the huge benefits to other employers, of all sizes, who are thinking of taking on an apprentice.
Businesses who are interested in donating equipment or materials, or getting involved on the makeover project should contact Louise Cheshire on 0330 058 3000 ext. 2020, we are happy to have apprentices help at the event.