Llanrumney Phoenix Boxing Club is a boxing club and community hub in a deprived area of Cardiff. The club has provided a safe space for children, young people and adults to use the gym, get fit and improve their mental well-being as well as make new friends.
Llanrumney Phoenix Boxing Club opened in 2008 and has already had four Welsh champions from the club, with 1 of those champions going on to become a professional boxer.
The club is at the heart of the community and has strong links with local organisations. They work with many agencies to reach wider audiences and encourage people to get involved.
The club has just started a collaboration with South Wales Police to bring young people off the street to reduce levels of knife crime and ASB within their area. They work with local schools and help children at risk of exclusion to gain discipline and self-confidence through boxing and support the local behaviour team when they are struggling with challenging children.
They are currently running a project with Cardiff and the Vale Health Board and Sport Cardiff, working with patients with dementia and mental health, for both patients at the hospital and those living in the community. They also run training and employment sessions and surgeries, really going beyond their sporting remit to serve the needs of the community.
They are big advocates of females taking part in boxing. With their women’s only arm Boxing Pretty encouraging and supporting many young girls and women through boxing. Mums are encouraged to bring their children with them if they struggle with childcare – there are no barriers to stop mums from training. The class works on empowering women and girls and through sport.
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