MP Marco Longhi helps local boxing club with a knockout community project

The Dudley North MP visited the Priory Boxing Club again this week with the leader of the council, Patrick Harley to discuss plans for a new alternative educational provision unit.

Marco said: “It was great to meet with Paul again at the Priory Boxing Club, in the heart of Dudley. Over the years this club has delivered some real champs and helped individuals who may have otherwise struggled.

“There are many aspects to this club, including the importance of teaching teamwork and discipline. I felt a real sense of community belonging and I want to see the club expand so it can assist more young people in Dudley."

Cllr Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, added: “I very much see the need for an alternative provision free school in Dudley Borough. I look forward to working with Marco and the Priory Boxing Club to explore the possibility of a Priory Park Community School”

The club's owner, Paul Gough, said the venue truly reaches out to all members of the community and teaches the importance of physical and mental health. He added:

"We are very much a family unit and it has been great to meet Marco and for him to have a look at what we have done over our 30 years since opening and our plans for the future.

“Marco has also got Patrick involved to see if he can help with our plans for opening our own PRU School. There are over 300 vulnerable children not in education in our borough and we have worked with Wolverhampton PRU Schools for some years with great success.

 “The pandemic is highlighting even more the need to support young people because of the mental health challenges brought about by isolation. Our provision will do this as well as provide structured learning."


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