Active Local is an initiative from the Partnership that focuses on a target area within each of Hertfordshire’s ten local authorities. Through discussions with Hertsmere Borough Council, the Cowley Hill ward in Borehamwood was identified for Hertsmere, and through Active Local we work alongside community groups and organisations to better understand the area; focussing on the people and places within Cowley Hill to design and deliver opportunities that are accessible, affordable and appropriate for all members of the local community.

Our aim is to respond to local need to improve physical activity levels and get more people more active.

Hertsmere Local Insight Report Aug 2021

Tackling Inequalities Fund Case Study

Brookside Boxing Club

Brookside Boxing Club is an amateur boxing club in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. The club provides weekly opportunities for children and adults to learn the sport of boxing in a controlled, inclusive and fun environment.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the club were unable to use their indoor space as restrictions prevented them from training indoors. Supported by the Herts Sports Partnership, the club applied to phase two of the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund, with a request for funding that would enable them to adapt their delivery and take their sessions outside (as seen in the image above).

Through the grant, the club were able to purchase additional equipment which meant they could open their facility earlier than others and welcome the local community back to sport and physical activity safely.

Steve Pearson, a volunteer and boxing coach at Brookside Boxing Club said, “When we started back at the boxing club it was the first time that a lot of our members had interacted with people outside of their own family group for some months. In some cases, it was the first time they had met anyone since the beginning of the second lockdown. Without this funding, our project would not have taken place, and we would have had to wait for the lifting of restrictions on gym and indoor sports being lifted.”

Click here to visit the Brookside Boxing Club website.


For more information about Active Local Cowley Hill please contact:

Alex Varran