Hudgell Solicitors has been delighted to support Hull boxer Tommy Coyle in opening a second boxing academy in the city.
Whilst preparing for the biggest showdown of his career when taking on Olympic champ Luke Campbell this summer, Coyle is proving he has far from forgotten his roots.
With the support of a number of local businesses – including Hudgell Solicitors Community Trust – he recently made his first west Hull gym free to all children under 17.
Now, he is again teaming up with local businesses and health bodies to open a second facility in the east of the city, where the long-term ambition is to replicate the success enjoyed at Bean Street, and again secure the sponsorship needed to make it free for kids.
“Having developed and established a successful academy in west Hull, I am determined to replicate it now in east Hull and support young people across the entire city,” said the 25-year-old.
“Since we announced the move to make the first academy free to under-17s, we have been packed with kids coming in, getting fit, and learning how to live healthily. You can see the motivation in them, and the sense of achievement when they leave, and it has been wonderful to see.
“We’re initially setting up as we did in west Hull by running a variety of health and wellbeing classes, including my Box Clever scheme for schools across the city, but the long-term vision is the same, to get partners on board who can help me make it free to kids.
“Once again I have to massively thank the businesses and organisations which are making this possible. The support and goodwill in Hull is amazing.”
The new facility, which was today opened to an audience of invited guests, local sporting figures and the media today, will be opened to the public at 1pm on Saturday, with IBF World Welterweight Champion Kell Brook in attendance.
The facility has been provided free of charge and free of rent by Hull-founded Sewell Group, on its Geneva Way Business Park in east Hull, whilst our Trust will support the Box Clever programme for schools, as we continue to do in west Hull.
Jo Hudgell, chair of the Trust, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Tommy. He works so hard to give back to the community and is a fantastic role model for young people in this city.
“What he has achieved in establishing two fantastic facilities on each side of the city is remarkable, and is entirely down to his dedication and passion to making a positive difference. We want to congratulate him on what he is doing, and to say that we will support him all the way.”
Coyle is now seeking the final sponsorship partners, alongside The Sewell Group and Hudgell Solicitors, to be able to make the new facility free to children under 17 as well.
It was today confirmed that the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will also be providing financial support to the new gym, as it does in West Hull.
Chief Officer Emma Latimer said : “The health of Hull’s next generation is one of our main priorities and we know we have to work in a variety of ways to ensure our city’s children and young people live healthy, happy lives.
“The Tommy Coyle Academy is just one of the approaches which we support. Tommy and his team have been doing a fantastic job of engaging young people in health since the beginning of the academy, and by making it free to under-17s we hope to further build on the positive impact it has been having.
“We’re looking forward to working with Tommy around enabling the next generation to be active in their health and wellbeing and improving their aspirations for the future.”