Volunteers add colour to our communities – meet our final poster star #sportyvolunteers #dva17

Our amazing Sporting Champion in 2017 was Paul Gough from Priory Boxing Club and he was a unanimous choice by our Panel. There are more volunteering supporting sport than any other area, so I’m sure you must know someone who does just that. Why not nominate them now?

Paul is the driving force behind Priory Amateur Boxing Club who has ensured that facilities at Priory Park have been extended and improved.

Paul has volunteered at Priory Amateur Boxing Club for some 22 years. In that time he has encouraged hundreds of local young people to train and to focus on a positive activity. For some, this has developed into a sporting career where they have gone on to achieve representative honours and to win titles. For the majority Paul has provided them with something constructive to do that has an element of discipline.

For the first 17 years of his involvement Paul and the Boxing Club operated from a cramped single room in Priory Park. He developed a vision for extending and improving the facilities and through hard work and tenacity Paul secured funding from Sport England and other sources including Landfill Tax monies, engaged partners to assist in delivering the bigger, modern, facilities and earlier in 2016 the new premises were formally opened by Ian Austin MP who has long supported the efforts of Paul and his colleagues.

Paul has delivered new sporting facilities in the Castle & Priory Ward that provide for the Amateur Boxing Club but which also offer opportunities for other local people to exercise and keep fit. His passion, commitment and tenacity have combined to deliver high quality facilities that will continue to engage local people in a positive activity in which they are able to progress and to achieve.

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Author: Eileen

I run a busy Volunteer Centre and I love my job. Helping people find the right voluntary role can change their life for the better, enhance their self-esteem, improve their social life and give them the opportunity to feel they are making a real difference. Working with groups who involve volunteers, supporting them to develop systems and training them in good practice, helps ensure that volunteers have a great volunteering experience. Really enjoy my blogging and love to share news and info. Follow me at www.volunteeringcounts.org.uk, @Dudleyvols

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