Revolut is donating a minimum of £50,000 to grass roots boxing
The UK’s fastest growing fintech company Revolut launches exclusive glow-in-the-dark card partnership with Anthony Joshua to raise vital funds to save independent boxing gyms across the UK.
For each card ordered, Revolut will donate £1.00 to support federated boxing clubs in England and Scotland, with a minimum £50,000 donation being promised by Revolut.
Sports charity, ukactive, estimates that 400 gym and leisure facilities have already closed with a further 2,400 at risk since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Facilities such as gyms and leisure centres were not included in the UK Government’s Sport Winter Survival Package that was announced late last year, and sports charity ukactive has estimated that 400 facilities have closed their doors permanently since the beginning of the pandemic and another 2,400 gyms are at risk.
To help raise vital funds for struggling independent gyms across the UK, Revolut has partnered with Anthony Joshua to launch a new glow-in-the-dark debit card. For every limited edition Anthony Joshua card ordered by a UK customer, Revolut will donate £1.00 to struggling independent boxing gyms across the UK (with Revolut committing a minimum of £50k in total).
The donation will be made to gyms which are members of Boxing England and Scotland Boxing. These gyms will have their own unique referral code, and will receive £1 for every card purchased using that code. The gym who refers the most will also receive an additional £10k.
The exclusive card has a smooth minimalist design and includes Anthony Joshua’s motto, 258, which reflects the boxer’s dedication to his sport and his commitment to work beyond 24/7. The card is black and white during the daylight and transforms to a striking green and black in the dark.
The world heavyweight champion spent much of last year campaigning for community and social justice causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement, and supporting local leisure facilities and aspiring boxers. And Revolut and Anthony Joshua have come together on this project following AJ’s initiative to personally fund amateur boxing in December 2020.
The limited edition card is available to all of Revolut's 15 million customers around the world. To get the Anthony Joshua card and help raise funds for local gyms, customers simply download the latest version of the Revolut app on iOS or Android and order the card from the cards section within the app.
Anthony Joshua said: “I am delighted to partner with Revolut to support UK boxing gyms. Without my local gym I would not be where I am today. Across the UK, there are kids and adults alike using these gyms to improve their physical and mental health, and keep themselves off the streets. I am really pleased my Revolut card will make a real difference.”
Alan Chang, Senior Vice President at Revolut, said: “These facilities provide vital services to their communities and play a critical role in the mental and physical health of their members. From day one, Revolut has always been community-driven, so we’re incredibly proud to partner with Anthony Joshua to help raise vital funds for independent gyms across the country.”
Gethin Jenkins, chairman of England Boxing, said: “This is a great initiative by Revlout and Anthony Joshua to continue to support England Boxing Clubs. With clubs not being allowed to fully operate for over a year the impact on physical, mental health and financially has been significant and this innovation will help those clubs in most need. We thank Revolut and AJ for their support.”
Chris Roberts, Boxing Scotland Chief Executive said: “This partnership between Anthony Joshua and Revolut will provide much-needed support to local boxing gyms across the country. As the governing body we are pleased that Revolut recognises the impact of COVID-19 on the amateur and grassroots boxing community. We welcome their financial support on behalf of our boxing clubs and the support of Anthony Joshua, who throughout the pandemic has demonstrated his commitment to the amateur game that equipped him with the skills in and out of the ring to become such an inspirational world heavyweight champion.”