NEIL PARSONS, BCAc
Neil formed Lympstone Amateur Boxing Club in 1968 and has been involved for the past 51 years. He has guided thousands of youngsters over the years and kept many away from criminality. The club has suffered setbacks over the years, a burglary where all their equipment was stolen and a fire in the shop above which left the club with severe water damage. Through Neil’s determination the club got through these hard times.
Neil works closely with local schools who send young people to the club, many with anger management and Neil, although with no formal counselling training, is able to communicate with the young people and give them better options. He also works closely with emergency services and the probation service and the club is today, one of the top boxing clubs in the West of England.
In 2012 Neil’s committee decided to raise funds to extend the club premises so they could accept more members. Neil spent 30 hours a week for the next year researching funding opportunities and by 2013 £92,000 was in the bank. Building work started straight away and within six months a brand-new extension was built. Neil’s dedication for the past half century has been of real benefit to the community of Exmouth.