FORMER bricklayer Mark Reynolds spoke at the House of Lords about the problems he has faced since founding Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club.
Mr Reynolds was among 10 national award winners asked to speak about the problems facing voluntary community groups.
He spoke in the House of Lords at the event attended by sports minister Kate Howey.
Last year the club, which is based at the Gas Club in Gasworks Street, Huddersfield, won a British Urban Regeneration Association award for its work in the community.
Kate Howey spoke about the ways the government may help groups such as Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club in the future.
Mr Reynolds said: "As a bricklayer by trade I have built many brick walls but not as many as I have had to knock down to get our club to where it is today
"Last April I gave up a very successful roofing and building company to concentrate full-time on my passion in life which is Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing club as the positives our members get out of attending is unbelievable."
Mr Reynolds said the club was lucky to have a very committed volunteer group and committee who are passionate about the club and its members.
It now has around 250 members aged six to 73, male and female, and works with 250 others through outreach work in schools and the community as a whole.
Anyone wanting further information about the club can contact Mark on 0774 7846977.