Boxer Scott Welch starts a youth club in Lancing

A FORMER heavyweight boxer starts a youth club to fight antisocial behavior in children.

Scott Welch, nicknamed The Brighton Rock, is behind the remodeling of a run-down clubhouse at the Monks’ recreation ground in Lancing.

It is part of a World Boxing Council educational program to bring the principles of boxing “diversity, sportsmanship and dedication” to vulnerable people.

The Argus has revealed how neighborhoods from Worthing to Hove have been plagued by juvenile delinquency.

Matt Etherington (left) and former heavyweight boxer Scott WelchScott Welch, left, and Matt Etherington at the Monks Recreation Grounds

Scott, 54, said: “We came here and saw the potential of the building. We saw that there is a problem with the children.

“Since all youth clubs have been closed, youth disorder is a big problem.

“We thought if we opened the building we could make a difference, it could help these kids set their minds on something and achieve something.

“We run similar programs across Sussex.

“As an ex-boxer of my generation, you usually don’t come from a good background.

“Growing up I had problems with the police, boxing made my life orderly.

“I joined my gym when I was 16 and I’m still there 38 years later and have achieved great things.

Matt Etherington (left) and former heavyweight boxer Scott WelchThe building is currently unused

“There is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for these kids, whether it’s through boxing or any of the other sports that we offer.

“The plan is to run a number of programs from here. If they love football or whatever we think they’re good at, we’ll use them. We will do music sessions.”

Scott is Chair of WBC Cares UK, which runs programs across the country.

It has several in Sussex including in Brighton and Hove, Storrington, Worthing and Billingshurst.

Matt Etherington, 32, a former Royal Marine and program coordinator, said: “We are an organization that promotes boxing but we are also involved in youth engagement and social change.

Matt Etherington (left) and former heavyweight boxer Scott WelchFrom left: Scott Welch, Mike Mendoza and Matt Etherington

“We want kids to be able to come and get involved and talk to their peers and the adults who run programs here.

“We are moving into the world of education and employment. These programs are signposts for a generational change. We need long-term change in areas where young people have no future or are not thinking about their future.

“They need a direction of where to go and they need to know that there are opportunities for them.”

Mike Mendoza, Chair of Lancing Parish Council, said: “After becoming concerned about juvenile delinquency in Lancing and hearing about the great work WBC Cares is doing, I reached out to Scott Welch to see what we could do to help alleviate or solve the problem.

“Our main concern about anti-social behavior is in the Co-op environment, which leads into an equally worrying area of ​​the Monks Recreational Grounds.

“I arranged to meet Scott and he immediately saw the demolished pavilion and asked if he could use it as a youth club.

“The local council owns both the land and the pavilion and plans to rejuvenate the park.

“WBC Cares offered to take over the building and completely renovate it at no cost to the community.” Boxer Scott Welch starts a youth club in Lancing

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