Lympstone Amateur Boxing Club legend shortlisted for South West Regional BBC Unsung Hero Award
23 Nov 2012
Neil Parsons, Club Secretary of sported. Member
Lympstone Amateur Boxing Club, has been
shortlisted for South West Regional BBC Unsung Hero Award. Neil was
nominated by sported. in recognition of all his hard work to help
change young peoples lives through sport. If Neil wins the regional
award, he will be forwarded to the final of National BBC Unsung
Hero award, that will be presented at the BBS Sports Personality of
the Year awards.
Neil founded Lympstone Amateur Boxing Club in 1968. He set the
club up to help local young people access sport, and provide them
with direction for life. For 44 years Neil has volunteered at the
club, holding positions including Chairperson, Treasurer, Coach,
Competition Organiser and Fund Raiser. Neil is currently the club's
Secretary and commits over 25 hours a week to club activities. Neil
works closely with the local educational establishments to ensure
young people with behavioural challenges are signposted to the
club, to help them learn to control their emotions. He also works
with the police and fire service to support young people who are at
risk of becoming involved in criminal activity.
Neil has supported over 2000 young people over the past 44 years,
providing guidance to help them develop into responsible adults.
Alex Kesall-Spurr, who was a member of the club for 9 years,
commented: "Neil taught me how to control my anger and seek passive
solutions to conflict. These values have stood strong throughout my
Neil recently successfully fundraised over £66,000 to extend the
boxing gym to enable the club to engage with more young people, and
help to change their lives through sport.