Boxing Club ‘Knocked Out’ by £3k Grant


Torrington Police Amateur Boxing Club has been able to kit out its members with all new equipment thanks to a £3,000 grant from Torridge District Council. 

The money comes from the council’s new Youth Initiative Budget, a £30,000 fund set up specifically to help young people in Torridge make a difference to their own lives and to the community around them.


Heath Pettifer, TPABC Secretary, said, ‘This grant has just been fantastic for us. We only started up as a club earlier this year, and we’ve got boys and girls from seven years upwards all wanting to train with us. I can’t thank Torridge enough for their support with this funding.’


Council leader Barry Parsons said, ‘It’s great to see the Youth fund being used like this. Young people in Torrington now have an opportunity to train using brand new equipment, and thanks to the volunteer coaches like Heath who run the club, they have a new focus, a chance to increase their self-belief, confidence and a positive outlet for their limitless energy! And they keep fit at the same time.’


Funding of up to £3,000 per application is still available from the Youth Initiative Budget for a variety of youth projects including:


  • training
  • a community or sports event
  • help with offering a voluntary service.
  • purchase of new equipment for a youth club.
  • assistance with costs associated with attending a youth club, or related activities.


For more information contact the council’s Community Development Officer on 01237 428756, or go


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