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McCausland champions local boxers at West Belfast club

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has welcomed the re-opening of Gleann Amateur Boxing Club in West Belfast following completion of a £116,000 refurbishment at the club’s premises.
Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Northern Ireland Executive through the Department of Social Development (DSD)’s Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy provided funding of £116, 431.20 to the Gleann Amateur Boxing Club. This funding has allowed the club to refurbish and extend its current premises at the Work West Units on the Glen Road, West Belfast.

Minister McCausland said: “Projects such as this one at Gleann Amateur Boxing Club are at the backbone of local communities. The contribution they make to the local community cannot be over-estimated, engaging young people and teaching them new skills including commitment and dedication. It is also very heartening to hear about the club’s plans to increase the level of female participation in the new facilities.

“I am impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of all the club volunteers and the positive impact the club is having on the children, their families and the local community. The volunteers care deeply about the work they do in the club and they are doing a great job working with young people, not only improving their personal health but boosting their self confidence and raising their aspirations.”

The Minister added: “This investment of £116,000 through my Department’s Neighbourhood Renewal Programme has helped turn this renovation project into reality, modernising facilities and improving services to the community. This project supports my Department’s strategic objectives of community and social renewal and helps improve the quality of life for people in some of our most deprived neighbourhoods.

“This is an exciting time for the club and I wish the club all the best in their refurbished facility and to continued success in the ring.”

Gleann Amateur Boxing Club is open to people of all ages and both genders and also attracts fitness users from the local community. It also takes referrals from the Youth Justice Agency and the Probation Board NI. It engages the youth of the community and gives them a focus, improves community health, develops local structures and improves both community and cross-community relations.

Notes to editors:

  1. DSD contributed funding of £116, 431.20 to cover the expansion and fit out of the club’s premises.
  2. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy “People and Places” which was published in June 2003 sets out governments proposals for closing the gap between the quality of life for people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of society.

    The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy has four interlinking strategic objectives:
    Community Renewal – to develop confident communities that are able and committed to improving the quality of life in the areas;
    Economic Renewal – to develop economic activity in the most deprived neighbourhoods and connect them to the wider urban economy;
    Physical Renewal – to help create attractive, safe, and sustainable environments in the most deprived neighbourhoods; and
    Social Renewal – to improve social conditions for the people who live in the most deprived neighbourhoods through better co-ordinated public services and the creation of safer environments.
  3. Media enquires to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9233. Out of hours, please contact the Duty Press Office via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.