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Sandwell Asian Development Association

Sandwell Asian Development Association (SADA) stops young people from engaging in crime and antisocial behaviour. Axis Foundation donates £1000 to purchase computer and boxing equipment.

West Midlands Police, local youth services and the probation service refer young people to SADA. The Inner City Boxing Scheme, based in West Bromwich, W Midlands, runs an eight-week course for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). Professional experts help ten young people train in amateur boxing.  At the end of the course the youngsters get to see a boxing show and continue with their fitness training with experts.

SADA also runs amateur boxing classes, weight training, cardio sessions and boxercise classes as well as a homework support club. . Ex-world boxing champion Ritchie Woodhall supports the organisation in their great work with young people.

Commenting on the success of SADA, a service user said: “The boxing training has helped me to improve as a person and respect my elders. Thank you.”

 

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Runcorn Amateur Boxing Club

Axis Foundation donates new boxing equipment to give disadvantaged youngsters a fighting chance at Runcorn Amateur Boxing Club.

Runcorn Amateur Boxing Club, open for nearly 100 years, is a haven for vulnerable youngsters in Cheshire. The Axis Foundation’s £5000 donation bought new boxing equipment to improve the gym’s facilities. The new boxing equipment makes the club an even more attractive prospect for disadvantaged individuals. Runcorn is in the top 5% of deprived areas nationally, so the boxing club is a place for young adults to engage in meaningful activities, away from negative influences like knife crime. It’s an important part of the community that helps children and young adults thrive, as well as exercise.

It’s great to find like-minded people with the same goal to improve the mindset of Runcorn’s kids – Darren, Head Coach

Preserving the facilities and maintaining equipment is an important part of keeping Runcorn open. Their fully-licensed community boxing club has over 100 members but is always welcoming newcomers. Their Knife Down Glove Up campaign plays a vital part in educating people about the dangers of knife crime. It will reach their immediate members as well as filter through parents to other families in the wider community.

Volunteer coaches make sure mentoring is aligned to the most vulnerable, helping youngsters develop both physically and mentally. The new gym equipment includes a boxing ring, which adds to the clubs great facilities. Runcorn welcomes children aged seven upwards, providing opportunities that could change lives and a space based on equal opportunities.

Runcorn’s Head Coach, Darren, said “I’d like to thank Axis on behalf of everyone at the club, as well as personally. It’s great to find like-minded people with the same goal to improve the mindset of Runcorn’s kids on this issue and to help us help them. Again, thank you.” To find out more, visit www.instagram.com/runcornabc.

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British Disabled Angling Association

Axis Foundation funds BDAA Junior Schools Fishing project in the Midlands.

The British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) offers fishing opportunities for disabled children, young people and adults across the Midlands. The donation of £3320 from the Axis Foundation will help them develop their BDAA Junior Schools Fishing Project. This is the first scheme of its kind in the UK and introduces children to fishing as an alternative outdoor activity.

Generosity from the Axis Foundation has made this ambition a reality – Terry Moseley, Founder

The funding will help hundreds of disabled children and young people. Harry Bowen, from Penn Hall School fishing club, commented: “I love to be outside. I can now hold a rod all by myself and have also learned how to be a good fisherman. I like to go fishing with my friends, and I think I will be a really good fisherman when I’m bigger.”

Fishing is a fantastic way to experience the outdoors because it is a quiet, calming sport. It also benefits disabled children because group participation helps them with engagement. Learning how to fish empowers children and provides them with a new hobby to enjoy with friends and family.

BDAA founder Terry Moseley said: “The Junior school’s disability project has been a long-time milestone for the BDAA. Having such great support and generosity from the Axis Foundation has made this ambition a reality. Hundreds of children, teachers and families have benefited directly from this pilot project and we hope they will continue enjoying fishing in adult life. The funding has provided essential training for teachers and volunteers, as well as clothing, adaptive fishing equipment, transport costs and independence for the students. They now have an additional skill they never knew they could achieve through fishing.”

The project will benefit children with physical, learning, and sensory disabilities and terminal illness. By working with SEN Schools, the BDAA hopes fishing clubs can become part of academic structures in the future. To find out more, visit https://bdaa.co.uk/.

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Walsall Wood Colliers U12s Football Team

League-winning U12s Football Team receives a champion sum from the Foundation.

Walsall Wood Colliers Under 12s is one of Walsall Wood FC’s many junior youth teams. The Colliers’ Manager and Coach is Julian Worrall who has been in this role for six years. Julian volunteers a large amount of his ‘spare’ time to coach and manage his junior youth team which numbers 18 in all.

“We are very focused on the community at Walsall Wood FC,” Julian says. “Our aim in the Junior Youth League is to encourage and develop children to play sport and to be part of a team. We get them off their computers and outside.”

As Julian’s son used to play for the Colliers too, he is in a good position to know the benefits of playing in a youth squad for young people.

He says: “I like seeing how the children develop over the years. Some of them started in our Academy and have the opportunity to go right on through to the Senior team on their footballing journey. They are like an extended family.”

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £370 will help towards buying the U12s football team a brand new kit in their home colour, red, for next season. Here are the league winners in their away kit of blue and yellow.

There are over 30 teams at Walsall Wood FC which is a registered charity and Chartered FA Club: from the Academy 5-7s to the Under 18s including girls teams and (soon) a team for people with disability. All the coaches/managers are FA licensed and all are volunteers.

I was absolutely delighted to receive the donation from Axis Foundation on behalf of Walsall Wood Colliers. This will help us kit out our team for next season. The coaches put in a lot of hours running a team and every bit of help is welcome as we rely on donations and sponsorship for all our kit and equipment which enable the kids to train and play.”
Julian Worrall, Coach and Manager

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Tommy Brown Fund

Funding from Axis Foundation provides swimming lessons for young Tommy, helping him to stay active.

In March 2012 Tommy Brown contracted the ‘B strain’ of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. The disease was so aggressive and extensive that he was given only a 5 per cent chance of survival. Despite this, he defied the odds and did survive; but his parents were given the devastating news that he was going have to lose all four of his limbs. In total, Tommy spent a total of three months in hospital undergoing surgery, including six weeks in the intensive care unit.

Julie Tuckley, Tommy’s mum said: “It makes me cry to see Tommy alert and looking about, then looking at where his hands and legs used to be, as if he is wondering where they are. It was so painful to see him suffer and go through the operations – we’re very lucky to still have our beautiful boy.”

Seven years later, Tommy is now a courageous young boy who adapts remarkably well to everyday life and the challenges thrown at him. He loves swimming; and has swimming lessons at local swimming baths. When he is swimming Tommy says he feels free.

Our donation of £1,600 is funding Tommy’s swimming lessons for a year.

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OXSRAD

Foundation donates to OXSRAD, a centre that provides adaptive sports.

At OXSRAD 500 people with severe physical, mental or behavioural disabilities can enjoy the benefits of exercise and activities to the limit of their abilities.

In addition, the adaptive sports centre is a great place to gather and meet people socially. Many people with severe physical, mental or behavioural disabilities come here for company, a cup of tea and a chat with like-minded individuals. The centre reduces isolation and loneliness in an already marginalised group. Other users will come to the centre for rehabilitation following an accident or injury. The centre also plays a vital role in the local community and is used by over 1200 local residents, associate groups and able-bodied members. If OXSRAD didn’t exist, many users would simply have nowhere to go.

The centre, based in Oxfordshire, provides various activities and adaptive sports programs such as Rebound Therapy, Archery, Over 50s’ Keep Fit, Gym Classes, Zumba, spinning, a spa bath for water therapy, a sensory room, studio, sports hall, fully equipped adapted gym, bar and café area. The OXSRAD building, opened by Princess Diana, is now nearly 30 years old and still uses the original boiler system to heat the building and supply hot water. OXSRAD secured £5,000 from Sport England and the Axis Foundation’s donation will match this to fix the boiler.

“Securing this funding means that we won’t have to worry about the boiler breaking down any more and will have hot water throughout the centre for years to come. We are extremely grateful to Axis for providing the funding for our boiler project. AXIS is a continued supporter of OXSRAD and makes a real difference to the services that we can offer to our members including people with severe physical, mental or behavioural disabilities and the local community”
Sarah Buy, Fundraising Manager

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Arden Forest FC

Our donation helped purchase an especially branded kit for junior football club to wear with pride.

Based in Solihull, West Midlands, Arden Forest FC is a junior football club that plays in the Central Warwickshire Youth League, challenging teams from Leamington and Warwick and the West Midlands area. The junior football club which was founded in 1981 and is run by volunteers, gives local boys and girls the chance to work together, encouraging team spirit, hard work and lots of goals!

Teams range from Under 7s to Under 15s: in 2017 the u14s won the Treble of the premier league and two cups! Such champions – local to our office in Oldbury – deserve good kit, and the Axis Foundation is sponsoring branded tracksuits and kit bags for their Under 15s side with a grant of £1,000.

“I would like to thank the Axis Foundation for their generous donation to the u15s team. This will go towards buying the lads tracksuits and kit bags so they can turn up to games looking like the Premier League Champions that they are.
“This season has started just the same as last with the lads winning every game so far, so hopefully it will be another successful year. Hopefully they can win the treble again this season. From the manager, myself, the lads and the parents we would like to thank the Axis Foundation for the donation” Dave Pearson, Team Coach

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Basildon Boys and Girls Club

Youth Football Club jumps for joy after receiving a game-changing grant from the Axis Foundation.

Basildon Boys and Girls Club is a registered charity that provides football coaching and training for children from 7 to 18 years of age with a free Mini Kicker Club for 4-7-year olds. They provide support for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Essex-based youth football club is a key player in the local community, keeping kids active and helping them to chase their footballing dreams.

Our donation of £1,500 will pay for the youth football club’s new kit, footballs and essential training apparatus enabling the kids to play the beautiful game with equipment that’s fit for champions.

Matthew Bacon, Club Chairman said:
“All children should be given the opportunity to play sport, it gives them something to focus on and they love meeting up with their friends each week and being part of a team.
“I have been with the Club for over 25 years and it has been great watching the players progress over time. The younger ones in particular are really positive and just love football so much.”

Formed in 1963, Basildon Boys and Girls Club has been providing coaching to young footballers for over 50 years, developing sporting skills of several generations of children.
In the Essex County FA Awards 2018 the club enjoyed double success – with their Club Secretary & Welfare Officer winning Volunteer of the Year and the Under 15’s winning the Fair Play Award. The Club has introduced Youth Ambassadors this season, empowering players within the teams to be the voice of the youth at the club, to help the committee shape the future of the club by providing feedback.

The youth football club prides itself on creating a fun and friendly environment for youngsters to play football, but it’s about much more than just kicking a ball around. Respect, fair play and inclusion are at the heart of everything they do. The club’s coaches help children from disadvantaged backgrounds to build confidence, motivation and stimulate their minds as they progress into adulthood.

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Swale Gloves

Our continued support for Amateur Boxing Club keeps youngsters off the streets and helps them to reach for their sporting dreams.

For a small, local club, Swale Gloves certainly punches above its weight!

The Axis Foundation has supported this Amateur Boxing Club since 2016: our yearly donations, which total £15,000 in 2018, have helped to cover the running costs of the club keeping it affordable and accessible.

Swale Gloves is based in Sittingbourne Kent and works with 150 local children and teenagers teaching them the art of boxing. Boxing encourages respect and self-discipline whilst encouraging children to have fun away from the computer screen.

“The funds from the Axis Foundation give us financial freedom and enable us to keep subscription costs down – we’ve been able to keep it at the same price for the past six years. We had the funding last year as well which was great; it means we can stay open which is the most important thing. This £5,000 is huge for an Amateur Boxing Club like us it’s nice to have some like Axis who really supports us.” – Wayne Ash, Swale Gloves Amateur Boxing Club

The latest donation of £5,000 will pay for broken sports equipment to be replaced rather than fixed, transport to be covered by the club rather than generous parents and the rent of the hall to be funded comfortably rather than scraped together month by month. Now that’s what we like to call a heavyweight donation!

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Swale Your Way Tigers

Leading mental health football club used our funding to purchase new kit.

Swale Your Way is a local support group and their Football Therapy programme encourages those with mental health issues to play sport and improve their quality of life.

Swale Your Way Tigers mental health football club has enjoyed tremendous success: they were crowned victors of the FA People’s Cup in 2018. Our donation of £3,050 will purchase brand new kit.

Toni Golden Team Manager/Coach said: “Thanks to our funding from Axis Europe, the Tigers are able to go out in style and play good quality football in their vibrant new kit.  As we all know when you are looking great you feel great and thanks to our funding our players can enjoy going to matches feeling a million bucks!! Thank you to our sponsors.”

Sport improves the quality of life of people with mental health issues. Kent FA  – impressed by the Tigers’ success evidencing this both on and off the field – have been working with the mental health football club to develop the first mental health football league in the county.

Swale Your Way also works with individuals as they overcome obstacles and move forward with their life. Swale Your Way might help someone enter education or return to work; or find new hobbies, friends or social activities. They also manage psychological wellbeing, solve housing issues and organise finances.

They also run many different trips and projects to benefit their service users empowering them to make positive change. These include a very successful allotment group and successful trips using their popular minibus.

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