November 2023 News

Opening Doors to Great Futures

November 2023 News

NABGC Boxing Championships.

As I’m sure you will all be aware, the NABGC Boxing Championships have been taking place over the last month or so, concluding at the weekend.

Please find below the results from this weekend’s finals. This year’s champions are highlighted in yellow.

Well done EVERYONE who took part at all the stages – boxers, coaches, volunteers. And, of course, especially well done to the champions listed in the attached.

Thanks also, to everyone who was involved in organising our championships, locally and nationally. Particular thanks must be expressed to Mark & Walleed at Boys & Girls Clubs of South Yorkshire who co-ordinated the event nationally.

The dates for 2024 are already in the calendar and are as follows:

  • County round – to be completed by 27th October  
  • Regional round –  to be completed by 3rd November  
  • Quarter finals –  to be completed by 10th November  
  • Semi Finals – to be completed by 17th November  
  • Finals –  to be completed by 24th November

Club receives Royal visit.

Some of you may have seen on the news recently that a club in Manchester recently received a visit from the Prince William, the Prince of Wales.

Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse, who are members of 360 Youth in Greater Manchester, are part of Manchester Peace and the club, along with other youth clubs and organisation’s in the area, received the Prince who committed to funding and support to the Manchester Peace Alliance as part of the Royal Foundation.

Lisa Davenport, CEO of the Moss Side Powerhouse, greeted the Prince and gave him a tour of the club. He also met and spoke with a number of the groups of young people who attend the centre.

Congratulations to the Powerhouse and their partners in the Manchester Peace Alliance. What a great honour and it’s great to hear of the investment being made into the community in the coming years.

YIF Investment.

We are aware that around £4 million worth of funding from the Youth Investment Fund, has been made across the NABGC movement.

Two significant investments have been made at two clubs thanks to help and support from Boys & Girls Clubs of South Yorkshire. One is for refurbishment and the other to provide a new club building.

Essex Boys & Girls Clubs have received funding to support the creation of a new club.

The other, is a significant refurbishment at the aforementioned Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse in Manchester.

We welcome these investments but recognise that significant funding is still needed across the whole network linked with NABGC – and beyond.

If you know of any other investments that have been made across our movement / network, please let us know.

NABGC Teams Together meetings – SAVE THE DATES!

We’re pleased to say that we have dates lined up for the new year for our popular “NABGC Teams Together” meetings.

The dates and subjects are as follows:

  • Tuesday 16th January 2024 at 2pm – We will be joined by Paul Liddell BBC Children in Need, who will provide us with information about we can get involved in their partnership with McDonald’s aimed at linking restaurants with local youth clubs.
  • Tuesday 6th February 2024 at 2.30pm – we will be joined by Kirk Dominick, CEO of the World Federation of Youth Clubs who will be presenting on the “The Donor Lifecycle”.

More details and a link for these meetings will be sent out soon. These meetings are for all NABGC member organisations, along with staff, leaders and volunteers from affiliated clubs.

NABGC Membership Renewal.

It is now three-years since NABGC requested any membership fees – it was felt that it was something we could do to help members out during COVID and it’s aftermath.

For 2024, we will be asking members to begin paying membership fees.

In addition, we will be asking for a little more information around your own membership numbers and the make up of your membership. We are doing so, in order to begin trying to gather information that can support conversations with the government, potential funders and sponsors about the reach of our youth clubs and the value of the work we all do.

More information will come out over the next few weeks, in advance of sending out membership forms, and it may take a little time to gather the information we are requesting. But any help you can provide in completing and returning the information, would be greatly appreciated.

Young Bristol celebrate 10-years of Outdoor Employment Programme.

This month, NABGC member organisation Young Bristol, celebrated 10-years of delivering their successful Outdoor Employment Programme.

Delivered in partnership with the SS Great Britain, the programme has seen hundreds of young people pass through the programme, he vast majority of whom have gone on to permanent employment with the SS Great Britain, with other outdoor activity providers, hospitality or a whole variety of other employers.

Local youth clubs and other youth organisations linked with Young Bristol, refer young people on to the programme, where participants are trained to help members of the public negotiate the high ropes course on the SS Great Britain. They also gain a range of other outdoor qualifications and employment related training and education.

On 15th November, almost 100 funders, colleges, partners, Civic Dignitories and programme alumni were invited to a celebratory event to hear about the programmes ongoing success.

There were many inspirational stories from past participants on the programme.

Congratulations to Young Bristol and the SS Great Britain on the success of the Outdoor Employment Programme, we look forward to hearing more stories of success.

If you have any news you would like to share with the wider membership and network, please let us know.