Maverick Stars Trust
1692. Charlotte Gilley
Charlotte Gilley, from Cheshire, created ‘Maverick Stars Trust’, working with boxing gyms across the North West to turn them into community hubs diverting young people away from violence, providing food schemes and giving free health and wellbeing classes to veterans and vulnerable groups.
Charlotte started boxing after her own battle with anxiety and seeing the positive benefit of exercising. Whilst training at her local club, Timperley Amateur Boxing Club, she realised how boxing clubs can help build a supportive environment for many people coming from challenging backgrounds and, with the right resources, can be a means for opening up further opportunities. ‘Maverick Stars Trust’ run a range of schemes, including its ‘Sting Like A Bee’ project aimed at tackling youth violence and anti-social behaviour, which operates in all 10 of Manchester’s boroughs and is helping hundreds of young people to stay safe, get fit and learn new skills.
In a personal letter to Charlotte, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“As the nation comes together with excitement and anticipation at the start of the Olympic Games, I was inspired to hear about ‘Maverick Stars Trust’ and how you use sport as a force for good.
“From your own journey with anxiety, you know the importance of exercise on mental wellbeing and I was delighted to hear how many people have benefitted from your unique programmes.
“Whether steering young people away from violence, providing food schemes and or giving free classes to veterans and vulnerable groups, you are transforming lives through the power of boxing.”
In response to receiving the award, Charlotte said:
“I would like to convey how delighted I am to be recognised in this way. Hopefully this award will encourage more people to get involved in sport. The boxing community is truly special and our aim is to continue to inspire young people to follow the right path.”
Pictured above (left to right): Charlotte with MP Jake Berry, and coach Paddy Connellan from Love ABC in Lancashire