A partnership programme from Sanctuary Homes has helped transform a Sheffield community sporting club, allowing local youngsters to box clever.

Exterior of De Hood


As one of the UK’s leading providers of housing, Sanctuary Homes has a commitment to support local communities where they develop through an initiative called MORE! This programme sees their development partners work alongside them to donate manpower, materials, or equipment to help local community projects – one such project was De Hood Boxing Centre in Sheffield.

The boxing club, in Manor Top aims to discourage young people from anti-social behaviour through sport and was in need of help in renovating it’s flooring. Sanctuary Homes were able to provide assistance through their MORE! programme with the donation of funds for new floor matting provided via their construction partner Engie.

Since its inception, De Hood Boxing Centre & Community Hub has helped see a reduction in anti-social behaviour locally by engaging with local youth in a positive way and provide a safe haven. The charity provides boxing, gym and recreational fitness facilities for the benefit of the public along with organised fitness and boxing classes for children, adults and families. The charity operates a peer support recovery group, a cafe with communal breakfasts and provides services such as Drop-in, Benefits and volunteering opportunities.

The benefits of boxing are proven, a recent study by London Metropolitan University show that the sport itself is recognised as having a positive impact on disaffected young people, addressing behavioural problems and putting people on a pathway to improved life chances.

Centre manager Leroy Young said they were grateful for the knockout donation provided by Englie through Sanctuary’s MORE! programme: “Since opening our centre, we have helped many young people to change their outlook on life by showing them discipline, self-respect and a better way of life. It has been really great for the club to have new flooring installed.  This will enable the boxing club users to practice in a safe and much warmer environment. It has given the room a really fresh look. Thanks to everyone involved for the flooring improvements."

Red and black punching bag hanging in a empty gym with a boxing ring in the background

Colleen Eccles spearheads the MORE! campaign for Sanctuary Homes: “Sheffield is famous for its boxing clubs, so we are pleased as punch to play a part in helping upgrade this important facility. It is great to have local boxing clubs where young people can get involved in an activity which requires great skill and physical fitness.”

Sanctuary Homes are currently building affordable quality housing for rental at Berners Road in the South Yorkshire city as part of the Sanctuary Group. For more information on our MORE! programme please visit www.sanctuary-homes.co.uk/more.




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