Hudgell Solicitors is delighted to be supporting Hull boxer Tommy Coyle in making his academy free to all children under the age of 17 as part of a unique partnership between the gym, local health bodies and businesses.
The Tommy Coyle Headstart Academy, in Bean Street, west Hull, was opened by the lightweight IBF International Champion last March, as the 25-year-old was keen to ensure he made a positive impact in his local community through his status as a sporting hero.
Coyle, who is the official patron of the Hudgell Solicitors Trust, has enjoyed great success through the ‘Box Clever’ programme at the academy – which has been supported financially by the Neil Hudgell Trust – visiting schools and welcoming classes to the gym, teaching hundreds of children valuable life, fitness and boxing skills.
Schools and teachers have seen a positive response in many pupils who had been struggling and lacking motivation in class, and that success has led to Coyle now securing sponsorship to cover running costs at the gym for the next three years.
It has seen Hudgell Solicitors joined together with the City Health Care Partnership CIC, the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sewell on the go, Lime Property and Esa Associates in Coyle’s corner, providing the significant financial input needed.
“I am absolutely overwhelmed by this support from the local health bodies and businesses. It shows they believe in what we’re doing at the gym, and that they all feel the academy is achieving its goal of playing a positive role in keeping young people fit, motivated and inspired,” said Coyle.
“Their wonderful financial support will mean many more young people are able to come into the academy and learn valuable life skills, and live healthier, over the next three years.
“The aim from day one with the academy was for me to be able to give something back and provide a facility which would have a positive impact on young people. The success we have enjoyed, and the feedback I have had from schools through the Box Clever programme, has been absolutely tremendous.
“Many kids that come here may struggle in the classroom and at school in general. Coming here gives many something positive to focus on, rather than choosing the wrong road and getting into trouble. They learn about discipline, dedication, and life skills. They also meet new friends, and if we can stop one kid from going the wrong way in life, we have had a success.”
Neil Hudgell, managing director of Hudgell Solicitors, said: “Tommy is a great role model for young children. He is very passionate about the city he is from and he has been really determined to give something back through his boxing academy.
“Not many successful sports stars put so much effort into giving back, so we are delighted to help him as he is making a positive difference.”