Bluevale Community Club – A Feel Good Sports Story

An important part of the annual Sports Ball hosted by Strathclyde Sports Union is the fundraising undertaken for local Glaswegian charitable causes. Due to the ongoing challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic sadly there won’t be a Sports Ball this year. While this means we don’t have winners for awards or an amazing night at the Doubletree planned we do have a positive news story about the recipient of last year’s fundraising efforts.

Who are Bluevale Boxing Club?

Bluevale Community Club, formerly known as the Bluevale Boxing Club, received £850 from the Sports Union in February of 2020. Now a registered charity, Bluevale aim to provide a healthy and active lifestyle for all members of their community. Their work helps improve social cohesion, mental and physical health as well as break down territorial, race and religious barriers within the surrounding communities. This began with boxing classes to support individuals both physically and emotionally to ensure an overall support network within the community.

The Sports Union connected with this community message as champions of the student community here at Strathclyde. They donated all of the fundraising from the Sports Ball to the club to help them achieve their mission of getting kids off the streets and into sport.While the club received the fundraising not long before the whole of Scotland went into lockdown, they were still able to help young people have access to sports from the offset of the pandemic.

What have they managed to do during lockdown?

The pandemic hit the community centre hard with the immediate suspension of all sport and ongoing closure of the space.  However, local councillors helped them gain access to a new facility. This is just off Duke Street close to campus and when the restrictions eased in August 2020, they used the fundraising from the Sports Ball to buy equipment to hold outdoor classes. This brought well deserved attention to the great work for the community by Bluevale in Glasgow. During the pandemic they also began providing food parcels to support those shielding, self-isolating and struggling financially.

This service is available in these local areas: Dennistoun, Haghill, Carntyne, Parkhead, Calton, Gallowgate and Bridgeton. They are set to open their new facility and take on two team members as part of a step-up programme. This programme will see these new members work with the existing team at their new facility for a year.  Working toward completing an SVQ Level 2 Qualification in Sports Coaching.

Where can I find more about Bluevale Community Club?

The extraordinary work carried out has seen it garner support from Boxing Scotland and local members of the Glasgow community. The Sports Union is delighted to have been a part of this charity’s journey and look forward to more success. You can find out more about Bluevale Community Centre on their Facebook page here.

Written by student journalist Emily