A popular gym should be a place that gives
back to the community what the community was deprived of. Sport as we used to know it ,going to the
gym, playing or going to the school gym, all these do not exist anymore. Nowadays there are what I call “the shopping
centers of sport”, those colossal places where there is everything and nothing at the same time and where in order to register you are asked for your bank account. but whose family can afford this? but whose family can afford this? No one’s What was the result of all this in
society? The result is that teenagers come back to
the streets to take drugs in a situation of total decline. We cannot accepted that! The history of the popular Valerio Verbano gymnasium dates back to 2005. There were those who imagined an idea from a classic social center and there were those who, like me and others, imagined a different idea. A Gym. A popular gym in a neighborhood where it was necessary to build it, there was a very strong common idea for so many social problems. With sport we could intervene and recover boys. To built a space in which people can stay with plesure we share ideals and our days together, because it’s not only about two hours of sport, it’s something bigger. So I think that sharing this idea of teaching something here, as we are doing, is the way to build a gym. And somehow, we managed to create a gym that has nothing to envy to any other gym. When we started this project we didn’t have as much experience as boxing teachers or trainers in general. We have done it day after day, every week, trying boxing, not as an aggressive sport, but as a sport to grow up with and learn values , with which to live together. What I like about this gym is that it gives the neighbourhood a space where many courses take place. We have activities like artistic gymnastic, full contact, that is ruled by me, and many other activities where the parents have the opportunity to leave their kids in a safe space and be sure that they will have a good time. I really like this gym, the fact that it’s a meeting point for everyone Lately the state of the neighborhood is very conflicted. There are gang problems, there are problems of coexistence, but well here we will continue, to give support to the neighborhood and for the neighborhood It was essential for us to work and build this gym. It is located in an abandoned
neighbourhood, where there never was a place to do sport for everybody with affordable prices. In fact, there aren’t only people that pay to play sports here. If there are people and children in a difficult situation, they can come and work out without any problems. Our policy is that one child is worth 10 adults. We have made a voluntary contribution of 20 euro for those who work, who have monthly income. 10 euros for those who can’t work, who are students. And if you don’t have money or you don’t have a good financial situation, nothing happens. You come, you work out, and then we will see, which means nothing happens. There’s a lot of people that doesn’t pay anything because it can’t pay anything. But this economic system, we left him out of doors.