Team England boxer Ben Whittaker today supported The National Lottery with increasing activity in Birmingham ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

The National Lottery’s Get Active Brum campaign is designed to raise awareness of the £761 million in National Lottery funding to Birmingham and promote the incredible sporting opportunities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games 2022. 

2019 marks the 25th birthday of the National Lottery who are helping to raise awareness of the life-changing difference National Lottery funding makes to communities like Birmingham.

Whittaker, who represented Team England at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games visitedSmall Heath Boxing Club to offer tips to young people at the club and to find out what drew them to boxing in the first place.  

The Midlands-born athlete was given a tour of the boxing club and the opportunity to hear about the history and ethos of the club from the manager Paddy Benson ahead of conducting a boxing class with local participants. 

The 21-year-old boxer from West Bromwich said: “Today I came down to offer a bit of guidance and technique to members of the club and it was great to see everyone smiling and enjoying themselves.”