Local boxer receives funding to help him reach his full potential
Tuesday 29th August 2017 @ 11:42 by Mark Phillip

Local boxing champion Bradley Rea has received a £1,000 SportsAid award courtesy of Manchester235 casino.

The 19-year-old amateur boxer, who trains in Hyde, was selected for the funding following recognition of his talent, ability and huge sporting potential. The aim is to empower him to train and compete more effectively. By facing less financial pressures he can now put all his efforts into getting the results he needs to realise his budding boxing career.

Having started boxing at the age of nine and going on to compete in his first competition aged 11, Bradley then went on to box for England at the age of 13, where he won the Great Britain Three Nations Championships. Since then he has trialled for the Youth Commonwealth Games and the World Championships at training camps in Sheffield, and more recently in 2015 he was selected to compete for England at the Sven Lange Memorial Tournament in Germany, where he won a Silver medal.

Bradley won another National title in December last year at the ‘National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs Boxing Championships’, which was his last ever tournament as a youth boxer. He now progresses to compete at a senior level against older, more experienced boxers and without a head guard. Bradley will now be fighting much more senior athletes, some of whom have significant funding, enabling them to invest in the best training teams and programmes in the UK.

Bradley says “The jump from the junior to the senior competitions tends to be make or break for so many young athletes. This financial support will hopefully help me achieve my ambitions and reach the top of my game. You can only really make it if you commit all your time and energy into training incredibly long hours, but this comes at a huge cost. I am so grateful to Manchester235 casino for enabling me to follow my dream.”

Funding a rising boxing superstar complements Manchester235 casino’s reputation for being one of the most popular locations in the city to watch all the major boxing fights on the big screen. Bradley says: “I’ve spent many an evening at Manchester235 casino watching the boxing. It’s the best place in town to get a piece of the action, the atmosphere is always buzzing. So it’s really cool that I get to tell everyone that these guys are responsible for my funding!”

Bradley currently studies in Bolton College on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence programme and helps to coach at the club where he trains, St John’s Amateur Boxing Club in Chorlton. With the new pressures of competing at a senior level, Bradley has also recently embarked on some additional training at Ricky Hatton’s prestigious gym in Hyde. But with this comes additional costs for both travel and specialist consultations which means that this funding from Manchester235 could not have come at a better time.

The donation is part of Manchester235 casino’s ongoing commitment to SportsAid, a charity that helps young sports people overcome the financial challenges they face in their bid to become Britain’s next generation of sporting heroes. These athletes are typically aged 12 to 18 and are among our brightest hopes for future Olympic and Paralympic success.

Maxine Gibbons, Venue Director at Manchester235 casino says, “It is incredibly rewarding to be able to praise a local youngster’s tough efforts in the form of funding. Bradley is clearly a very talented young boxer and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to help him pursue his passion. We take great pride in our charity work, especially when it comes to supporting our local community.”

Having been inspired over the years by fellow Mancunian boxer Anthony Crolla, also a recipient of SportsAid support at the beginning of his sporting career, Bradley claims he too would like to motivate and encourage other young sportsmen not to give up on their dream.

Chief executive of SportsAid Tim Lawler says, “The donation from Manchester235 casino is set to help Bradley train harder and compete more effectively so that he can put all his efforts into getting the results he needs to move up and realise his potential. It provides the right help and recognition at the right time, enabling SportsAid’s donors to see the impact of their support through the hard work and progress of these young athletes. Caesars Entertainment EMEA has been amazing, enabling us to provide thousands of pounds worth of donations to support young athletes all over the UK.”