Keeping boxing alive in Maerdy
Written by Megan
1st July, 2016
The Welsh Government Warm Homes programme has invested over £1.4 million improving the energy efficiency of more than 387 homes in Maerdy, Rhondda Cynon Taff.
The scheme was delivered by Melin Homes’ Being Greener Team, which has also worked with the local boxing club. The boxing club provides a much-needed resource in the village of Maerdy. Through contributions from contractors and suppliers, the team invested over £30,000 improving the club’s energy efficiency. These improvements included a new, insulated roof and external wall insulation. However, this project would not have been possible were it not for the free labour provided by Gibson STS, based in Bridgend and the donation of materials by SPS Envirowall.
The club relocated last year to a derelict building in the heart of Maerdy. Brett Parry and other supporters of the club worked tirelessly to clear out the building. Local building firm Enya gave up their time to help prepare the building and carry out essential maintenance.
Brett Parry, coach at the club said: “The club would not be where it is today without the help and support of Melin Homes’ framework contractors and suppliers. Boxing allows the children to socialise, exercise and learn self-defence and discipline.”
Without the Welsh Government Warm Homes Arbed scheme there would have been no benefit to the local community. Local houses received a range of energy efficiency improvements, including new central heating systems, heating controls, and devices to save money on electricity bills.
Melin Homes Chief Executive Mark Gardner added: “The impact made by the Welsh Government Warm Homes Arbed scheme has been huge and we are so proud of our part in its success. We are also proud of community projects like this one and ensure they are at the heart of everything we do.”