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Closed 26/07/2020

raised of £3,500 target by 56 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,067 to pay Norwich Lads Amateur Boxing Club rent while we KO COVID19....

    Funded on Sunday, 26th July 2020

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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



    • Colin Bates5 months ago
      Colin Bates

      Colin Bates

      5 months ago

      Dear Friends of Norwich Lads ABC THANK YOU ALL! This Match is over! Norwich Lads stand victorious and ready to fight another day! We won on points..... Lads ABC 59. COVID-19 41. We have our rent :-) It was a Tough Fight: We now need to stay fit for a possible re-match in the coming months. Our gym has now re-opened to a limited number of carded boxers only (this is so that we maintain COVID-19 compliance). Best Wishes Colin "Speak True, Live Pure"

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    • Colin Bates8 months ago
      Colin Bates

      Colin Bates

      8 months 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 Bates9 months ago
      Colin Bates

      Colin Bates

      9 months 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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    10 months ago

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    Page last updated on: 8/24/2020 10.55



    • Anonymous


      Jun 6, 2020

      Very sad times, thought we would be back by now. Have another few quid, and keep positive and motivated everyone.


    • Anonymous


      Jun 2, 2020

      Hope to you see you all soon!Leo Hale 🥊🥊🥊🥊🥊🥊


    • 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.


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    Colin Bates

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

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