Boxer-turned-businessman, Tommy Coyle is handing out free school uniforms this week to help families across Hull.
The uniforms will be given out this Thursday at his gym – the Coyle Sports Academy, on Geneva Way.
Families across the city are invited to turn up at the gym between 11am and 1pm to collect the items, which will include all the basics for children up to the age of 16.
Tommy helped around 300 families in the Hull area last year in a similar gesture when he bought 1,000 items of clothing from Asda.
This year he is confident the project can do even more to help local families.
He said: “I’m really grateful to all the businesses which have played a part in this and to my brothers for their support. It’s enabled us to put in a lot more money this year and buy more items.
“This is an expensive time of year for families with children and we want to help to ease that financial pressure. We’ve been getting the word out on our social media channels but there are a lot of families out there who need support and we want to reach as many of them as we can.
“We’re inviting anybody who needs a hand with buying school uniforms to come to the Coyle Sports Academy at 11am on Thursday.”
He added: “Our city has supported us every step of the way and we are determined to give something back whenever we can.”
The school uniform project is supported by Tommy’s three brothers Lewie, a player at Hull City; Joe, who runs his own JC60 professional golf coaching business; and Rocco, a student who is pursuing a career in football.
The project is under the Coyle Sports Community programme, part of the Tommy Coyle Foundation, and is aiming to help out families who face the challenge of buying school uniforms.
Morrisons has also supported the project by providing many items free of charge and applying a 15 per cent discount on the price of the rest.
Other donations have been made by Transwaste and Sewell Group, which has provided the Coyle Sports Academy premises free of charge for more than five years and will host the give-away event.
Paul Hornshaw of Transwaste said: “Education is super important and we are delighted to support this initiative.”
Tommy’s generosity has also been championed by local MPs, including Emma Hardy.
She believes the need for help has been demonstrated by the response to the RE:uniform campaign, which encourages recycling used outfits.
Ms Hardy said: “As part of the RE:uniform project we have collected and redistributed hundreds of used school uniforms, which gives an idea of the number of families who are struggling to meet the costs of dressing their children for school.
“Tommy has been absolutely fantastic by stepping up last year to give out free uniforms and now by repeating the gesture.
“Times were hard enough even before Covid struck and the hardship is even greater now because many families have seen their incomes significantly reduced under furlough and those who excluded are even worse off.
“It’s a great and much-needed initiative from Tommy and we’re lucky to have him in our city.”
After winning the Commonwealth lightweight title in 2018, Tommy retired from boxing in 2019 to launch his Boxclever community project and focus on transitioning from a boxer to a businessman.
He owns a company, Coyle Health and Wellbeing, which operates three gyms in Hull.
Earlier this year it announced its second deal with Siemens Gamesa, along with a four-year agreement to provide a health and wellbeing programme to over 750 staff at the factory in the city.
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