BANNOCKBURN Boxing Club President William Tinlin has admitted he can’t underestimate how important it was to receive funding for his club.
The Boxing Scotland Eastern District club were successful in applying for a grant from the Third Sector Resilience Fund.
The country is currently on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has left boxing clubs such as Bannockburn with no income at this present time, despite there still being bills to pay.
William said: “I can’t play down the importance, it was vital to tell you the truth.
“We had just reformed the club in January and so we had virtually nothing at the moment.
“We had been doing a Bonus Ball once a fortnight and that gave us a little bit of money.
“But by the time we had to re-register all our boxers and coaches, any money we did have was in one hand and out the other.
“So this £600 is the first cushion we have been able to have for the club.
“As it stands, this will do us for a couple of months, so it is vital.
“We are pretty fortunate in the sense that we do not have our full rent at the moment.
“Our landlord has said that we can give what we can when we can, but this will help to give him some money to ensure the building is still there for us and to cover electricity bills.”
The Third Sector Resilience Fund is a £20m Emergency Fund for community groups and voluntary organisations, such as amateur boxing clubs, to apply for to keep themselves afloat during this pandemic; (https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus/funding/scottish-government/third-sector-resilience-fund)
The Stirling-based club applied after seeing news of the fund on the Boxing Scotland website and William explained it was a straight-forward application process.
“As soon as Boxing Scotland put the article up on the website I clicked on the link,” William said.
“There was an eligibility checker, and that told me straight away that I could go for the funding.
“It was brilliant that Boxing Scotland put that up, because up until then there was nothing out there for anybody.
“The more established clubs will be better placed to show the effects of this than we were, so they certainly shouldn’t be afraid to go for it.
“The form was simple and just asked for basic outgoings and a description of the club and why the grant is important.
“The people from the Corra Foundation were a great help, and the communication was really good with them also.”
If any other club would like assistance to apply to the Third Sector Resilience Fund, or any other assistance during this time, please contact your Boxing Scotland Regional Development Officer;
North District – Ben Holme, firstname.lastname@example.org 07702 866135
East District – Stewart Ferguson, email@example.com 07944 598755
West District – Paul Coleman, firstname.lastname@example.org 07803 513699