The Fight Against Funding

By Scott Mills

As the London Olympics becomes a mere memory, many of the local sporting governments are already discarding of the legacy it once tried to leave behind.

With the government rarely providing funding for many of the amateur boxing clubs in the Hampshire region, the ‘sport for all’ mantra is being lost.

Boxing coach Steve Barnes hopes that even without funding he can unearth the next big thing

Boxing coach Steve Barnes hopes that even without funding he can unearth the next big thing

There are currently 32 boxing gyms open in the Southampton and Portsmouth area, but with many of the clubs having to self-fund themselves, closures are becoming more and more probable after local sports councils slashed funding.

Much of the funding that is put into boxing is mainly focused on Team GB, pumping £4million into training the athletes but even that could be lost depending on their results on the international stage.

Unlike boxing, grassroots football receives up to £36million a year from The FA as well as donations from up to £2500, leaving many sports like boxing asking questions about the equality of the funding process.

As one of the 32 boxing clubs running in Southampton, Battens Boxing Gym which is run and self-funded by Steve Barnes believe that the lack of funding could in fact fuel the future stars of the sport onto success.

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