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Local Community Sport Hero Wins 2019 SPAR People’s Podium Award

October 21, 2019

Blacon Boxing Club

SPAR UK has announced Ross Broadbent of Blacon Boxing Club as a regional winner of its People’s Podium initiative, designed to support community sport across the country.

Building on the popular success of its 2018 campaign, SPAR’s People’s Podium invited people from across the nation to nominate local sporting heroes who have had a positive impact on their community.

Ross, who is the founder and a coach at Blacon Boxing Club, is the regional winner for Central England, East England and Wales.

He was surprised at his local club on 26th September by friends and family along with SPAR Blacon colleagues who presented him with a big cheque for £2,000 and an award. It was a real celebration with the whole community coming together to celebrate what Ross has done for the local area.

Ross was nominated and awarded this prize due to the impact he has had on his local community. Ross founded the club three years ago and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

After seeing the changes in children’s behaviour after training, Ross and his team of 13 volunteers were invited to house their club in the local school.

He is now raising money for a new purpose-built gym so that he can continue the development of the club and be able to facilitate more members.

Ross commented: “I always wanted to get a boxing gym when I got a bit older. I started Blacon about three years ago, at a time when the council estate needed it. Kids were on computers and phones and we needed to get them active.

"It’s great to be recognised and awarded the People’s Podium prize – this will go towards helping build the new gym.”

SPAR UK Marketing Manager Alex Hall added his congratulations and said: “We would like to thank everyone around the UK who took the time to nominate their local hero. This year’s campaign was an outstanding success; Ross is a true role model for all the kids he teaches and deserves to be recognised.

“The People’s Podium campaign allows us to connect with communities through sport and it’s great to be able to celebrate and reward our grassroots sporting heroes in the towns and villages where our SPAR stores are situated.”

The People’s Podium campaign demonstrates SPAR’s local community credentials and its commitment to always being there for local people and their communities.


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