Wolverhampton Wrestling Club has been given £4,490 by the West Midlands police and crime commissioner to continue its outreach work among communities in Fallings Park, Whitmore Reans and Heath Town.
The club, which operates at the Guru Nanak Satsang Gurdwara in Fallings Park, has worked tirelessly to help people in the community through supplying food, PPE and mental health support.
This included a project to supply face masks to West Midlands Police for officers who have beards and turbans, with project manager Ranjit Singh talking about how the link with the PCC came about.
He said: “We’ve kept up a regular dialogue with the PCC during the last few months and they’ve told us that they wanted to help sustain the good work we’ve been doing and help expand on it.
“It’s massive for us as a club to be able to sustain and continue the work we’ve been doing to meet the needs of the community during these times and the funding really helps.”
The club has already distributed more than 1,500 units of PPE to local care homes, and supplied faith centres in the city with special face coverings to help cover beards.
It will be able to expand on this and also increase the size of its Well-being Weekend Club, a gardening club for elderly people and more sporting activities for children.
The club estimates to have more than 500 people take part in these activities, with more expected across the city from the funding provided.
The funding comes from the Community Initiatives Fund, a pot of cash seized from criminals and used to benefit good causes around the region.
West Midlands deputy police and crime commissioner Waheed Saleem said it was a worthy cause to provide funding for.
He said: “When I heard about the good work this group of wrestlers wanted to do, I knew it was something we should be funding with money seized from criminals.”