Club case study: Scrappers helping a wide cross section of their local community

April 30, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny


A community gym based in Western Counties, Swindon, Scrappers Gym and Community Fitness Centre was set up in 2011 and has benefited more than 40,000 children and adults in the past decade.

The Boxing Gym provides the space for individuals and groups regardless of their experience in boxing.

The club runs serval community projects from, disability, helping people with addiction, working young people from referrals and many more.

Scrappers run specially designed classes for those with a disability to attend. The classes are supervised by fully-qualified boxing trainers and are tailored to suit the needs of each member.

You can watch one of those sessions by clicking here.

The club have also worked on some fantastic projects on female- focused boxing sessions and programmes.

Scrappers’ own Jess Bryden features in the first episode of BEST – Be a Better you.

In it, she talks about her own personal troubles growing up and over coming them by engaging in the Scrappers boxing project.

You can watch that video by clicking here.

Paul Rogers, Head Boxing Coach at Scrappers, said: “The reason I got involved in coaching boxing initially was to put something back into a sport that changed many aspects of my life for the better.

“People often use the word respect and for me boxing taught me to respect how my actions impacted on others.

“My parents had installed good manners and honesty, however there was nothing like the discipline that boxing teaches you.

“Watching adults and children reach their true potential in life is very rewarding. Releasing energy through sport is powerful.”

You can find out more about the club on their Facebook page by clicking here.