(Punching clever: From left, Norman Gill, Peter Traynor, of rg+p, Michael Burgess, centre manager, and Bill Smedley, of rg+p, at Waterfront Sport and Education Academy)


A new centre with boxing rings and recording studios has been built by a charity thanks to free materials and professional help.

The Waterfront Sport and Education Academy, in Belgrave, Leicester, has been built by the Norman Gill Charitable Trust to improve the lives of young people in the area.

The £100,000 project was partly funded by the Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund with Barratt Homes and Marks Electrical supplying free materials and equipment, while Leicester architects rg+p gave their time for free.

The gym, in Marjorie Street, is a former factory site on the banks of the River Soar.

It includes a boxing gym, an exercise room with changing areas, games room, dance studio, computer facilities, classrooms and music studios.

Norman Gill, founder of the trust, said: “The project is a vital centre for young people in and around the Belgrave area and will offer more opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.”

The academy is open for use and holding an open afternoon on Thursday, June 26.

Bill Smedley, managing director of rg+p, said: “We’re delighted to be at this stage of the project and to see the building in full use already.”