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raised of £3,500 target by 54 supporters

Weʼre raising £3,500 to pay Norwich Lads Amateur Boxing Club rent while we KO COVID19....

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Norwich Lads ABC was founded by John Henry Dien in 1918 with the aim of giving young people a place to learn the art of boxing while keeping them off the streets while giving them a purpose and identity. 102 YEARS LATER the club is STILL GOING STRONG thanks to the dedication and hard work of the volunteers that run it.

Norwich Lads ABC has its gym set up in premises leased from The Hewitt School. We train three nights a week with separate training sessions split between youngsters/beginners and experienced boxers. We have 10 coaches, men and women with over 50 years experience behind them. They train the 150 plus members some 15% of whom are girls.

Norwich Lads ABC is a not for profit club run with purposefully low subscription costs to its members. We just manage to cover expenses. At Norwich Lads we are fully inclusive and for the young men and women who buy into the clubs ethos "Speak True, Live Pure" they learn the importance of friendship, belonging, commitment, dedication and family. And these are not just words. When I first visited the club just over a year ago I was immediately struck by the good behaviour, discipline, exemplary sportsmanship, but most of all the friendly care and consideration shown to one another. I could see that the club provides a safe environment for lads and lasses to keep fit and train hard. Over time I have seen friendship groups form and youngsters confidence and self esteem grow and develop.

Now, because of COVID-19 Norwich Lads ABC doors are shut. And I felt really, really sad for all the boys and girls. Train at the gym 2 or three nights a week was for many the highlight of the week. Something they passionately looked forward to. I feel their loss.

There is another less obvious loss for the club itself: we are not receiving the member dues with which we pay rent

And I really, really want to see the club open its doors again when we have KO'd COVID-19.

We must however pay the rent so that we can be there for the boys and girls to fight another day. Please give generously. Justgiving donations are paid into the dedicated club account.

Speak True, Live Pure

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  • Colin Bates23 days ago
    Colin Bates

    Colin Bates

    23 days ago

    55%!!! of Target Reached. Dear Lads ABC Friends and Supporters In just over a month you have rallied around and donated more than half of the target amount needed to cover rent and fixed costs during COVID lockdown. We are so looking forward to re-opening the gym! In the meantime, remember "Train Hard - Fight Easy" Best wishes Colin “Speak True, Live Pure”

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  • Colin Bates1 month ago
    Colin Bates

    Colin Bates

    1 month ago

    Thank you for your donations - keep them coming! 40% on target to win this prize fight! And we're into round 3.... This has to be the toughest fight the club has faced. KO COVID19!! "Speak True, Live Pure"

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  • Colin Bates2 months ago
    Colin Bates

    Colin Bates

    2 months ago

    Massive thanks all for your kind donations! We're certainly scoring points in this fight! Big Shout out to Chris Lakey Sports Editor EDP for including our JustGiving appeal on Wednesday - and to Rob Butler Sports correspondent for Radio Norfolk for inviting us on his evening show also on Wednesday. Remember Lads and Lasses stay in workout: Speak True, Live Pure

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Page last updated on: 5/16/2020 10.33



  • Matt


    May 16, 2020

    Best wishes to all.Spring Academy / Ultimate Lowestoft + Beccles


  • Ashley Black

    Ashley Black

    May 12, 2020


  • Joseph Brightwell

    Joseph Brightwell

    May 6, 2020


  • Kalum Metcalf

    Kalum Metcalf

    May 6, 2020


  • Lee Cozens

    Lee Cozens

    May 6, 2020

    Best of luck with your efforts, not easy going but there will be great days ahead once more. Lee Cozens, ex lads club boxer and now coaching at one of top clubs in Ireland, Portlaoise boxing academy.


  • David Maran

    David Maran

    May 6, 2020

    Good luck, brought my son every week for years, hope all goes well


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    May 5, 2020

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Norwich Lads ABC vice-chairman and KO COVID-19 campaign manager

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