Tiger Bay boxing club is empowering young people by offering free tutoring

Combining tutoring lessons with boxing, self-funded Tiger Bay Boxing Club in Butetown is empowering youth from diverse backgrounds

Empowering young student, 18-year-old student at Tiger Bay Boxing Club trains in the boxing room
Eighteen-year-old student, Mohammed Ali trains at the boxing club

Tiger Bay Boxing Club is one of the few active spots in town that empowering young people by offering free tutoring sessions with affordable boxing memberships to students from age seven to age 55.

The Boxing Club recently started free tutoring sessions in Maths and Science for students from Year 6 to Year 10. they aim to empower young people struggling in the respective subjects post lockdown to help them gain confidence and discipline. 

The Club’s members can freely use the computers provided to complete school or college work or make their resumés. 

Wasim Said, a mixed martial artist and owner of the Boxing Club, says, “We started tutoring sessions just before the pandemic hit and recently expanded it, as the combination helps students manage stress and anxiety.”

Covid-19 pandemic led Wasim to effectuate education, also making Tiger Bay, the first boxing club in Cardiff to incorporate boxing with free tutoring sessions for the youth. 

Located behind a mosque, Tiger Bay’s owner believes in Islamic values, which inspired him to reopen the boxing club in 2018 for deprived communities with personal funds.

“In Islam, the Prophet says that a strong belief makes a strong Muslim. You have to be physically fit to move forward. Therefore, our team established a space where students learn to live with discipline, morals and attain equal respect for all no matter the race, religion or gender,” Wasim said. 

An 18-year-old student, Mohammed Ali studying in Cardiff and Vale College, said the Boxing Club was distinct because it felt like home where people from across the world bond and help each other. 

“Whenever I struggle outside of here, I come in to train and use the study space when needed. It helps me manage my anxiety,” said Mohammed Ali.