Bluevale Community Club started off as a boxing club ran out of the Bluevale Neighbourhood Centre in Haghill, which is where the Bluevale name originates from. It was started by two local residents who grew up in the Haghill area, who quickly realised the need for what they were doing within their local community. When the boxing club started it was maxed out with all classes having a waiting list. With the boxing club thriving, volunteers were dealing with social issues relevant to the local community and surrounding areas. The neighbourhood centre could not support the demand from the community for boxing, and for the club to grow we realised we had to find our own facility.
Check out the timeline below which tells the story of how we got to where we are today and how we evolved into a community club from a boxing club.
BOXING CLUB IDEA BEGINS
Local residents Kenny & Dylan realised there was a need for something to do for local kids to keep them off the streets. They strongly believed that boxing/sport can make a difference in anyones life.
BLUEVALE BOXING CLUB OPENS
On the 11th of November 2019 with very low funds and very limited class numbers for insurance purposes the club opened in the Bluevale Community Centre. On opening the club immediately started classes for all ages from 5 years old upwards.
WE BECOME BOXING SCOTLAND AFFILIATED
The 10th December 2019 was a proud day for Bluevale as we became an official affiliate of Boxing Scotland.
COVID-19 FORCES CLUB TO PAUSE
Due to the COVID-19 virus spreading globally and the UK government introducing restrictions the club was forced to pause.
NEW FACILITY SECURED
In the first lockdown of 2020 we secured our new facility at 1 Finlay Drive, this gave us the oppertunity to begin much needed work under restrictions.
BLUEVALE BECOME'S REGISTERED CHARITY
On the 22nd June 2020 Bluevale Boxing Club became a registered charity with charity number SC050232.
BOXING RETURNS OUTDOORS
Boxing and fitness activities return with outdoor classes at the Alexandra Park Sports Hub.
WORK CONTINUES ON NEW FACILITY
As restrictions began to slightly ease this allowed us to begin more work on our new facility bringing it up to the standards needed.
BLUEVALE COMMUNITY CLUB IS BORN
Since starting as a boxing club the team realised that the community needed more than just a boxing club and decided to start up Bluevale Community Club.
NEW LOGO IS CREATED
Bluevale Community Club had a new logo created which was designed by Millie aged 11. The people at the bottom represents the community we serve. Yellow represents the kids. Green represents the teens who we strive to help create a better healthier future both physically and mentally. Blue represents the adults who we support and the ones who help sustain the club with their membership. Pink represents the elderly who we look to provide with free activities within the club and more. The badge colours were chosen because of our origin in boxing where their is always a red corner and blue corner. All of this with the heart in the centre to represent the heart beat of the community.
OUR FIRST CHRISTMAS
Christmas 2020 was our first one as a community club, this saw us run our first toy appeal with loads of toys being donated by the local community and given to those who needed them. As well as this we delivered 50 meals to the most vulnerable on Christmas day.
FREE DEVICE'S FOR CHILDREN
We ran an appeal and gave away tablets and other forms of technology to children who needed them for home schooling.
LOADS OF EASTER ACTIVITIES
For our first Easter as a community club we ran loads of activities including an easter egg hunt and "Get Out Of Lockdown" which saw our first in person community day at Whitehill pitch.
FITNESS FACILITY OPENS
With restrictions easing we were finally able to open our brand new fitness facility with strength yard, fitness studio and boxing gym. This seen the return of Bluevale Boxing Club and the start of our new gym.
DENNISTOUN VILLA BEGIN MATCHES
Our 2008 football team, Dennistoun Villa, began to play matches with their first match against Cambuslang.
NEW BOXING RING
With Bluevale Community Club continuing to grow we needed a new boxing ring, this saw us have our very own custom ring built.
BOXING CLASSES FOR UNDER 10s RETURN
As restrictions continued to ease this saw the return of our boxing classes for 5-10 year olds which were a great success.
ACTIVITIES BEGIN FOR OLDER PEOPLE
We began to run FREE line dancing from our fitness facility for older people in the local community.
FIT FOR FUTURE PROGRAMME BEGINS
Our new Fit For Future programme began in partnership with Whitehill Secondary School, the success of this programme ran to more schools later taking it on including Whitehill continuing to take on the programme.
OUR FIRST SUMMER PROGRAMME
July 2021 saw our very first summer holiday programme take place, this was a great success and became a yearly occurance.
OVER 35s FOOTBALL TEAM
We started up our very own Over 35s football team and entered them into a league to begin competing.
RETURN TO BLUEVALE COMMUNITY CENTRE
We returned to our roots by going into partnership with Milnbank Housing Association to run community activities in the Bluevale Community Centre. To celebrate this we held our first community open day.
FIRST MINISTER VISITS BLUEVALE
First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and leader of the Scottish Conservatives Douglas Ross visited Bluevale Community Club.
OUR FIRST RESIDENTIAL
We ran our first residential in partnership with The Urban Fox Programme which saw us take a group of Primary 7s from Golfhill Primary and Haghill Primary to Badaguish in Aviemore.
FIRST EASTER PROGRAMME
In April 2022 we ran our very first FREE Easter holiday programme which saw us run activities for loads of local kids and take them on trips.
SECOND SUMMER PROGRAMME
With the success of our first summer holiday programme we secured funding for a second year which saw an even bigger and better summer club.
UNITY DAY FOR UKRAINE
As part of our second summer programme we had refugee families from Ukraine along to the community centre for a big fun day.
OVER 35s WIN THE LEAGUE
Our over 35s football team won their league becoming champions for the first time.
OCTOBER PROGRAMME FOR YOUTHS
We ran our very first October week holiday programme for 11 year olds and over.
Our project manager, Kenny Trainer, wins the Glasgow Times Community Champion award.
Christmas 2022 saw us run multiple Christmas events including an open day, parties, toy appeal, delivery of Christmas eve boxes on Christmas eve and delivery of meals to vulnerable on Christmas day.
BOXERS CONTINUE TO WIN
February 2023 saw 3 of our boxers compete at the Western District championships with all 3 winning, as well as this we had a young boxer win the golden gloves. These wins added to a list of honours that our boxers had already won at Bluevale Boxing Club.
BLUEVALE FITNESS UPGRADE
We upgraded our gym for the first time since opening the facility, this saw the facility upgraded and Pilates added.
ANOTHER EASTER PROGRAMME
For Easter 2023 we ran our second easter programme which was a great success with loads of local children attending.
FIRST BOXING HOME SHOW
Bluevale Boxing Club ran their very first Boxing Home Show at the Kingspark Hotel.
THIRD SUMMER PROGRAMME
2023 saw us run our third summer holiday programme after the success of the first two.
TO BE CONTINUED...
As the days go on we continue to grow and improve, with more and more happening each day. We have loads planned for the future and can't wait to update this timeline in the near future!