Monkstown’s ‘Box Clever’ project gets funding boost

Monkstown Amateur Boxing Club has been given a funding boost to the tune of £8,000 after it was announced as one of a number of winners in the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund.

Building on the success of the Irish Olympic Boxing team at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Cashel Drive club will use the funding in the ‘Box Clever’ project – a 40-week development programme in partnership with Monkstown Community School, to deliver a newly developed non-contact boxing and after schools programme for Year Eight and Year Nine pupils.

This initiative is a first for Northern Ireland but has shown strong results in Great Britain among those young people participating such as improved confidence, interpersonal skills and self-esteem together with improved performance at school.

Coca-Cola revealed the winning recipients of this year’s Thank You Fund totalling £100,000, Swim Ireland was awarded the top prize of £21,000, while Monkstown ABC and The Prince’s Trust based in Belfast, each received £8,000 in funding. The announcement was attended by Health Minister Edwin Poots.

Ailish Forde, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland, congratulated the winning not-for-profit recipients of the Thank You Fund.

She said: “The funding awarded to each of the 11 winners will result in exciting, diverse initiatives designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles being realised across the island of Ireland.

“I would like to congratulate all of the entries on their creativity and passion, the calibre of the proposals received by Coca-Cola this year was very impressive. I would also like to thank our panel of judges that had the onerous task of selecting a shortlist from over 300 entries.

“Coca-Cola is delighted to be able to play a meaningful role in supporting these groups, helping to bring their worthwhile visions to life which will benefit the lives of so many people. We look forward to keeping in touch with our recipients and witnessing the various projects take effect across the country.”

The remaining eight winners each received £8,000 to carry out projects promoting healthy and active living including, the Irish Hockey Association, and the Irish Basketball Association among others.