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It’s finally coming home for Powerday Hooks BC!

PUBLISHED: 08:55 13 July 2018

World champion James DeGale joins other boxers at the official opening of the new Powerday Hooks gym

World champion James DeGale joins other boxers at the official opening of the new Powerday Hooks gym

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Powerday Hooks Boxing Club opened their new club doors this week after nine years of nomadic existence across North West London.

Founded by Steve Newland in 2009 after James DeGale had won Olympic gold in Beijing, the club went on to gain national and international success while seeking a permanent home.

This has been achieved thanks to sponsors Powerday, who have refurbished the Popes Lane facility in W5, upgrading all areas of the gym and providing improved training and changing facilities.

Powerday’s Edward Crossan, the current club president, has committed to ensuring community sport is available to youngsters in the area, bringing together Sport England, Big Lottery, Old Actonians Sports and Social Club, the London Borough of Ealing and the local ward forums of Ealing Broadway and South Acton.

All agencies and groups have played a part in finding a long-term solution for Powerday Hooks BC to grow and flourish in the future, having delivered 30 national champions, with plans to reach out to schools and community groups.

The club has staged events to raise awareness of knife crime, following the tragic death of Luke Fitzpatrick, whose mum Constance also campaigns and hope to negate anti-social behaviour through disciplined sporting experiences and social engagement.

Newland said: “In the last nine years we have produced 30 National champions which is a great achievement.

“But our impact in providing positive health and mental well-being activities, for the community and young people, has also been inspirational and a focus of our voluntary provision, which we can now extend, within our own new premises, without the restrictions of time, access and equipment.”

Crossan added: “Steve and Hooks Boxing Club first came to my attention through my father’s relationship with Steve going back many years, when, as young men, they were football team-mates. After I attended one of Hooks’ training sessions I understood and witnessed the value of what Steve and the club provide voluntarily for young people.

“It was inspirational and as a company Powerday is committed to fostering and developing local communities and young people across London. I’m proud of the fact Powerdayhas supported sport and boxing in particular, throughout London, delivering an impact of over £7million, directly into amateur boxing, through our support and combining with other partners and projects, via our, Powerday Boxing Development Programme.

“This family link with Steve gives me great pride in being able to support and help Steve in extending his social and sporting offer in these upgraded facilities.”

DeGale said: “I recommend Steve Newland to any young person as a mentor and coach if they are seeking to develop their aims and reach their objectives. Steve is inspirational and committed to the boxing club, providing enjoyable, structured, technical coaching.”

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