Council partner BoxUp Crime launch brand new gym in Ilford

Published: 14 October 2020

On Thursday (8th October) Redbridge Council supported social enterprise partner BoxUp Crime to open a brand new gym in Ilford, offering free classes and mentorship to local young people every Thursday.


The new state-of-the art facility includes a professional boxing ring, in-house music studio, and a teaching classroom. It will also serve as the new home training gym for British light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde.


The gym provides free boxing sessions to young people aged 7 – 19, where they can learn new boxing skills, work with mentors, and engage with professional boxers and coaches. The free sessions aim to give young people focus, discipline and benefit them both physically and mentally.  


The Council was able to support BoxUp Crime through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), funding Redbridge Planning Service negotiates from developers to fund facilities which benefit the community.  


The gym launch was attended by British light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde, Council Leader Cllr Athwal, and BoxUp Crime founder, Stephen Addison.


Cllr Athwal, Leader of the Council, said:


“I am so proud that local young people now have a dedicated boxing gym in the heart of Ilford where they can visit free of charge every Thursday afternoon and evening. This is a great opportunity for young people to focus their energies on developing their boxing skills, whilst in a safe space supported by mentors.


“The work Stephen and his team at BoxUp Crime are doing is nothing short of incredible, working directly with young people to show them another path – away from gangs and violence and towards fulfilling their dreams and aspirations.


“I was able to meet some of the people BoxUp Crime have helped, including a young guy called Fabian whose whole life has been turned around thanks to the BoxUp team. Fabian is now a trainer himself and has a bright future ahead of him.


“Since our council partnered with BoxUp Crime last year they’ve been able to expand across Redbridge and this new gym will ensure even more local young people are able to access the mentorship, support and training they offer."


Stephen Addison, BoxUp Crime founder, said:


“It was a dream come true opening up The Boxup gym in Ilford, creating a safe space where young people can train alongside  future world champions and role models  and channel their energy In a productive way.  Don’t be scared to dream is something this facility promotes to young people. The gym has become a refuge for the kids on the street to find hope in creating a better future from a uncertain past “.


BoxUp is located in Chapel Road, ilford, IG1 2AF and free classes can be booked via


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