A community appeal has been launched in Blacon with a mission to promote healthy activities for young and old.
The proposed indoor center would enhance what is already a fabulous outdoor sports facility at Blacon High School in the form of a 3G all weather pitch.
It is the brainchild of Blacon Boxing Club and Blacon Youth FC, in partnership with Blacon High whose pupils would use the hub during the day along with local primary schools.
Aside from promoting sport, there is an agenda for providing meaningful activities for girls and boys on the large estate, which includes addressing childhood and driving youngsters away from drugs and crime.
It could be up to £ 1m but has just received it.
Facilities would include a sports hall with two boxing rings, punch bags, gym equipment and a coaching room plus changing facilities and car parking.
Dave Bryce, a committee member and senior coach with Blacon Youth FC, who recently won the Cheshire Amateur Cup for the first time in its history, said: "We're getting loads of stuff in kind. For example, the country's been given for free. We've got CCTV installation. We've got a paint job.
"Oliver and Co Solicitors in Chester are giving us free legal work. Cassidy and Ashton are giving us free architect work. This is all in the tens of thousands of pounds. "
Dave added, "We're going to put some ideas together like buy-a-brick. We've put a little target together to raise £ 250,000 through the community, through crowd funding and events. We've got a boxing event planned at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is hoping to raise £ 20,000.
We are doing the right thing but we are prepared to raise money ourselves for it. But any contributions from the community and anyone reading this article will be well received. "
Dave, managing director of a data business, whose role Alex and Lee have played for Blacon Youth FC, added: "There are some grants available and we're talking to Sport England and the Football Foundation about trying to pull some of those grants and that's to open dialogue.
Chester Football Club and the MP for Chester and all sporting bodies are looking for England Boxing are on board with the Scheme England and Active Cheshire are on board. "
Dave said, "There's a real paint of facilities in Blacon. There's no bowling alley, the cinema has gone, apart from the city center, so there's nothing within walking distance any more. "
Roofer Ross Broadbent set up Blacon Boxing Club just three years ago and already has 200 members. His son Bradley, 17, at the club and his four-year-old son Boppie plays football at Blacon Youth FC does his daughter Lexi, 12.
He said instilling 'respect' and 'discipline' among the young people what a key theme.
Ross, who used to live in Blacon all his life, added, "It's about giving the kids the best opportunities." "Kids have not got a point to prove when they're boxing. They gain confidence and they burn all their energy off. "
Blacon High School's headteacher Rachel Hudson said, "We're delighted the planning permission has been approved and I want it to be a wonderful facility for a school and the opposing community. There is a real appetite for sports and for fitness. The boxing club has been hugely successful but we are looking at other sports as gymnastics and dance. "
Mrs Hudson recognises raising funds wants to be a confident but confident it will happen to say the school and its governors are fully on board.
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