One of Young Bristol’s community youth clubs, Broadplain & Riverside Youth Project, has been nominated for the Community Club of the Year award at the Bristol Sports Awards and is one of three clubs in the final.
Broadplain & Riverside Youth Project currently runs a youth club, boxing club and a specialised Alternative Learning Programme (ALP) for young people called SPICES which stands for Sport, Physical, Intellectual, Cultural, Educational & Social which re-engages young people who have been excluded from mainstream education.
This year, the club has been nominated for the life-changing work it is doing for people with Parkinson’s disease. Dennis Stinchcombe MBE trains a boxing group for people with Parkinson’s every Friday morning. The programme has been endorsed by England Boxing and Parkinson’s UK and has been rolled out nationally, at present running out of Boxing clubs in the South West, South East London and Nottingham.
Dennis said: “As a club coach and club leader this I think has become one of my greatest achievements and is something that can only get better and better”.
The amazing effect the boxing group has had on the members’ lives can be seen in this recent news story from Points West.
Dennis has also nominated Jim Hill for Amateur Coach of the Year at the Bristol Sports Awards. Jim has been voluntary coaching boxing at the club for 40 years and apart from being an incredibly experienced coach, has helped Dennis lead the club to achieve some amazing results despite his own personal ongoing battle with lung cancer.
We are wishing the best of luck to the club, Dennis and Jim for their respective awards. The ceremony will be taking place on Thursday 18th October 2018 at the Ashton Gate Stadium.