Pat Benson Boxing Academy

Location: Birmingham
Combat sport: Boxing
Focus areas: Youth at risk, reducing youth crime, education and youth leadership
Established: 1931
Joined the FFP Alumni: May 2014
Contact: Paddy Benson
Website: www.patbensonboxingacademy.co.uk

PBBA a well-established club with good local connections and is developing national and GB boxing champions. PBBA is based in inner city Birmingham on a site that is the Small Heath area of Birmingham and is based at a site that is surrounded by many areas, regarded at risk and on the poverty line, such as Ladywood, Nechells, Handsworth, Aston and Small Heath. PBBA are not seen as affiliated to any one area, instead we work with a wide range of people from all areas, ethnicities, religions and socio economic backgrounds. This gives young people easier access as the club is often as a safe haven.

PBBA is a very busy club working in local schools and letting out space to community organisations that support young people.

PBBA will work with FFP to develop programmes in education and personal development that they deliver themselves in the academy. With committed young people PBBA will also look to establish a youth council to develop them as leaders within the club and local communities.