Free sports coaching for at risk youth in the UK

My Name is David Parkinson and I am an Award winning combat sports coach and former Royal Marines Commando.  I’m now back in the UK after several successful years coaching primarily in Asia and South America (click through for a more thorough introduction as I don’t want to take away from the subject in hand or your time )

Here in the UK, I see Combat Sports (boxing, martial arts) and the fitness industry as a whole thriving.  Currently however, the people who often benefit from involvement in sports as well as the guidance of a good coach and positive role model are being left behind.  I hope I can play a part in changing that.

There’s no disputing the positive impact that sports and fitness have on our lives, it’s undeniable.

For Children and young adults, I believe the positive benefits are magnified.  Investing the time and energy into a sporting activity is a fantastic aid in the development of a child; cognitively, socially, emotionally and of course physically.

If i go a bit more specific into the type of sport; Boxing and Martial Arts, there are invaluable lessons to learn and abilities to hone that can set you up for life..  I can personally attest to this.

At that impressionable age, through sports you can;

*Learn the value of discipline and how to use it to improve and endure.

*learn how to take care of your body and mind.

*Make valuable and long term friendships.

*Know how to see out your words and do what you set out to do.

*Learn what it is to be a team player.

*Know how to deal with inevitable disappointment, dust yourself off and make the necessary adjustments to improve.

*Learn how to make and accomplish goals.

*Realise that success doesn’t happen overnight and but we are all capable of achieving impressive things in time.

Hopefully it is also exposure to positive role models and mentors who have the students best interests at heart!

Sport has been woven into our societies for longer than we can remember, for people of all backgrounds, ages and levels to enjoy and benefit from the points above.

Unfortunately, when we look at slashes to youth services funding, sport centre closures and the big increase in gym membership prices and equipment costs; It becomes difficult for everyone to get involved. 

Due to gradual societal changes over the years teamed with the current economic climate, realistically speaking, sports are no longer for everyone.

Over the past three years in the UK, the funding for youth services has been cut by over 40%.  Going back to 2011 the overall funding has been slashed by 80%.

These cuts hit the some 4.5 million children living in families below the breadline like a sledgehammer. 

With many of these children and teens being at risk youth, getting involved in sports and new hobbies are an outlet, a positive influence and above all, an opportunity to realise the potential they have to succeed in the World.  Right now they are pretty much out of effective options in many areas of the Country.

I’m doing what I can to increase the options at their disposal.  The scale won’t be large, but the quality, care and attention will be to the highest degree.

I will be making available regular weekly Boxing and Martial Arts classes for children and teens who don’t have the chances we often take for granted.  This will be in my Hometown of Southport to begin with and I will be solely responsible for the coaching, set up and structure. 

*These will be completely free and I will be linking with local services to make sure the people who need it most are aware.

*All equipment will be provided so there will be no pressure to buy anything in order to get involved.

*A regular space will be booked to ensure consistency and reliability.

All that is required is to turn up ready to learn and improve.

Now, I can supply my coaching experience, my expertise and my time; however, I would really appreciate a few acts of kindness to get this off the ground quicker.

If you’re as passionate about youth development, sports and giving everyone the chance and opportunity to thrive, please leave what you can and let’s make a positive difference.

Any donations will go towards:

*Equipment (Boxing gloves, protective equipment, ropes, cones)

*Long term studio/hall rental

I will keep you updated and appreciate you taking the time to read and donate.  DP.


  • Peter Cochran 
    • £40 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • £30 
    • 1 mo
  • Chris Yu 
    • £25 
    • 2 mos


David Parkinson 
Southport, North West England, United Kingdom
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