Close to Home Responsibility By Joe Crilly

Local Boxing Clubs could benefit from Bookie Support

Local amateur boxing clubs from Haringey could benefit from support from William Hill, the UKs largest bookmaker, after they announced that they were looking for suggestions from local clubs as to how William Hill could help them.

William Hill invited 150 boxing clubs from across the UK to suggest how William Hill could make a positive difference to their club at an event in Alexandra Palace in North London earlier this month.

Clubs were invited to plant a flag on a giant map of the UK with a suggestion of how William Hill could support their club. Colleagues from William Hill’s betting shops were present at the event speaking to the clubs and encouraging them to get involved.

Victor Olisa, the Borough Commander for Haringey, entered the competition giving his suggestion as to what he would like to see improved in the London Borough, praising William Hill’s continued support of the Haringey Boxing Club improving the life chances of young people in Haringey.

Last year William Hill launched a new Community Commitment – Close to HOME – which encourages its colleagues who work in its betting shops, to volunteer for good causes in their local community.

Over 100 clubs came forward with suggestions for how William Hill could help improve their boxing club or their local community. William Hill have said that clubs who are successfully chosen to receive support will benefit from a team of local William Hill volunteers who have already pledged to support good causes in their local community.


Many of the boxing clubs took to Twitter to talk about the event and encourage other clubs to get involved. One Club, Repton Female Boxing Club in Bethnal Green in East London, posted on Twitter saying ‘What a top idea, William Hill gives clubs a helping hand with their greatest need’. (Tweet Attached)


A William Hill Spokesman said: ‘William Hill have 13 000 colleagues working in our betting shops in communities across the UK who care deeply about their local area and are already volunteering their time and skills for good causes. We’ve already seen colleagues repainting local community centres, organising litter picks, or serving breakfast in Homeless Shelters with many other colleagues giving up their time to support causes close to their heart.’

 ‘We were overwhelmed by the positive response we had to the event. We’ve received over 100 suggestions that we are now looking through, with some clubs asking if William Hill colleagues could help them repaint their local boxing gym, or assist them with fundraising activities to pay for new gym equipment.’

William Hill are currently considering all of the suggestions from clubs across the UK and will be contacting successful clubs in the coming weeks to start work with the winning clubs.


For more information please contact Ollie Blackwell on 07789 320223 or at