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Free Community Day to celebrate Croydon community and youth-led organisations five-year success

Gloves Not Gunz - a community and youth led organisation which aims to divert young people from engaging in crime and violence through ‘the power of sport’ - and Urban Yogi’s UK which provides support to young people and communities through yoga, will celebrate their success over the past five years at a community day in Croydon on Friday 19th August 2022.

The Community Day which will be held from 3pm Friday 19th August 2022 at Norbury Pavilion, Croydon, will see staff, volunteers, ambassadors, stakeholders, and the local community come together to celebrate five years of creating positive futures, inspiring change, and preventing crime through boxing and yoga. The event is free to attend and will include boxing, yoga, jiu jitsu, football sessions, workshops, activities, a BBQ, and refreshments.

Gloves Not Gunz, which was set up by Directors and local dads, Adam Ballard, and Ben Eckett, has had a profound impact on young people and communities over the past five years having worked with over 3,000 young people across the Borough of London, delivering over 350 of its programmes. These range from mentoring, community sports sessions, school workshops, community outreach and community interventions which include setting up sport/education sessions in crime hotspots. The organisation has also developed a stellar reputation, receiving a Metropolitan Police Service Commendation and an invitation to consult parliament in the All-Parliamentary Group as a result of its positive work within the community.

Urban Yogis’ UK also set up by Adam Ballard and Ben Eckett, provides support to young people and communities by using yoga, education, and relationships to create positive futures. The aim of the organisation is to make yoga accessible to all so that it breaks down social, economic, gender, and cultural barriers from practicing. Urban Yogi’s has delivered yoga in communities, schools, and prisons across London, as well as residential trips. It has also developed a bespoke mentoring service to support young people with an emphasis on mental health.

Gloves Not Gunz and Urban Yogi’s Director, Adam Ballard commented: “It has been incredible to see the success of both organisations over the past five years which is why we wanted to celebrate this milestone by giving back to the community, our staff, volunteers and partners and stakeholders. We hope to see as many people as possible attend the event which is completely free and get involved with the variety of sessions and activities which we are hosting. We hope to use this day to further raise awareness of the work we do and inspire more young people to get involved with our programmes and use the power of sport to positively impact their lives.”

Gloves Not Gunz and Urban Yogi’s UK rely solely on funding to deliver its programmes and has developed partnerships with Nike, Lulu Lemon, Chelsea Football Club, Crystal Palace Football Clubs’ Foundation ‘Palace for Life’, Sport England, London Evening Standard, and local councils to name a few. Nike Athlete and Iron Man Triathlete, John McAvoy is also an ambassador for Gloves Not Gunz.

To find out more about Gloves Not Gunz, go to https://glovesnotgunz.org/

To find out more about Urban Yogi’s UK, go to https://urbanyogisuk.com/.

To find out more about the Community Day, go to https://nowcroydon.uk/event/22931-gloves-not-gunz-community-day