Warrington-based boxing club, Bridgefoot ABC, held a sold out charity boxing tournament on Friday 29th November, raising money for The Shannon Bradshaw Trust. The event, which took place at Orford Jubilee Hub, was attended by 180 people and raised more than £370 for the charity.
Bridgefoot ABC is regarded as one of the North West’s premier boxing clubs, having had several of its young boxers represent England internationally and secure prestigious amateur boxing championships. The club is managed by the husband and wife team of former professional boxer, Derek Groarke, and current Great Britain Women’s Amateur Boxing coach, Amanda Groarke, who regularly coaches the likes of Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams.
The club holds tournaments in Warrington twice a year, to raise money for local charities and provide its young athletes with opportunities to gain competitive experience. Since the club was founded in 1998, it has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity through such events.
The packed show included 13 exciting bouts, with local boxing fans being treated to competitive matchups featuring both up-and-coming juniors from the club, as well as its established senior squad members. They faced skilled amateur boxers from across the North West, Midlands and South Wales.
At the show, the club held a collection for the Shannon Bradshaw Trust, a Warrington-based charity that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their loved ones, which was generously supported.
Derek Groarke, Coach of Bridgefoot ABC, says: “Our tournament provided Bridgefoot’s talented young fighters with the opportunity to test their skills against top-class opposition. But more so, it also allowed us to give something back to our local community by supporting the Shannon Bradshaw Trust, a charity that makes an incredible difference to the lives of local families facing tough times.”
He adds, “We were delighted to have had such an incredible turnout and overwhelmed with the kindness of our attendees. We have an exciting squad of boxers at Bridgefoot ABC and this was the perfect opportunity for them to gain valuable experience and showcase their talents, whilst also supporting a very important cause.”
The Shannon Bradshaw Trust provides care, support and advice to children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and their loved ones. For more information, visit: www.shannonstrust.org.uk