The areas of expertise we are looking for help in are –

 

Accounting and bookkeeping.

The law and compliance pertaining to social enterprises.

All areas of health and well being including Yoga, Pilates, meditation etc.

Dieticians

Experienced administrators who would be prepared to act on the Hoods’ behalf when liaising with schools, medical practices and other such professional bodies.

Experienced administrators who would be prepared to act on the Hoods’ behalf when liaising with sporting organisations and potential sponsors.

Licensed counsellors

Experienced events promoters.

In addition to this if any companies engaged in any of the above practices wish to expand their clientele, we would be happy to discuss a deal whereby we would provide accommodation and physically promote their business as priority suppliers to our members that will ultimately encompass over 30,000 households. Any arrangement we come to will include off-setting our costs by acting on our behalf. More details of this scheme will be listed under its own heading on our website soon.

 

It is worth mentioning that at some stage in our development, we may be able to financially reward any helpers. However, until we are completely confident that we have a full and secure infra-structure in place, we will not be requesting any of the funding that has been promised to us.

Sponsorships

At De Hood, there are several individuals who have the desire and the ability to become future sporting professionals. In fact, we are not exaggerating when we say that some of them will most definitely become champions in their area of expertise. 

 

Two and a half years ago, De Hood started as a boxing training club with the sole intention of using boxing exercises to improve fitness and use up excess energy. It is no coincidence therefore that out of the hundreds of youngsters who have taken part in the training programs, some have emerged with excellent potential. At this stage, our list of potential champions is restricted to boxers but as we venture into other sports, we anticipate getting the same kind of results as we have achieved with boxing. For now though, we are looking at obtaining individual sponsorship for boxers.

 To become a champion boxer, there are five basic requirements:

  1. Natural talent. Whilst this is hard to define, it involves endurance, good reactions and reflexes, good balance and a keen level of focus.
  2. Youth training. Your ability to learn and adapt is at it’s highest in your youth. Training started here sets the foundation for the future.
  3. D&D. Desire and determination to become the very best.
  4. Ongoing guidance.  Ensuring the correct training procedures are followed is the difference between health and injury.
  5. Resources. Whatever is needed to continue following your training regimen.

 

 

Most of the De Hood members who have been training under Reagan Denton for over two years have all adopted the ‘Hood ethos’ and meet the prerequisites as described above. Out of these, Reagan has selected those who he honestly believes have what it takes to compete at a higher level. To achieve this, funding is required for equipment, travelling expenses and additional training and we are therefore looking for sponsors.

 

Details of the individuals are included herein. The sponsorships we are seeking are as follows: –

 

Company sponsorship where the boxer will promote the sponsors company by agreed advertising methods. The cost of this is negotiable and dependent on the boxer’s age and pedigree.

Private sponsorship whereby an individual agrees to pay the necessary fees to enable the boxer to maximise his/her training regime and compete in competitions. Such an agreement would be open ended with the sponsor having the rights to terminate the agreement at any time. In most cases the only reward the sponsor will get is to know that he has helped a young person navigate his/her way through their teenage years whilst retaining the Hood’ ethos, by staying out of trouble and keeping fit and healthy. By default, it will also give the sponsor first refusal to sponsor as per item 3 below.

Dedicated sponsorship to enable a potential champion to train full time. This would only apply if:

  • The boxer’s individual record meets specified criteria.
  • Reagan Denton vouches for the boxer’s long-term ability.
  • The boxer agrees to comply with a list of constraints.

De Hood Story

De Hood really started two years ago when Reagan Denton asked a group of youngsters to stop throwing the contents of a doggy-scoop bin at passing motorists in front of his house. At the time, he would not have objected to their endeavours if some of them had been better shots and had not missed the targets and pebble-dashed his frontage. During the conversation that followed, it became clear that the kids had little else to occupy their time and Reagan suggested that they take up boxing training. He then persuaded a local pub to allow him access to a small room when it was not being used and hung-up a couple of boxing-bags. The following evening, two lads turned up and he put them through a training regime. The following night four pitched up and within weeks he had managed to scrounge eight bags and they were all doubled up. Before long, he could not cater for the unofficial membership that had grown on a weekly basis.

 At this stage in its development, the project was just a nameless, shapeless entity with no back or official status of any kind. Undeterred, Reagan put aside his personal plans and booked all of his free time to keep the scheme alive. Inspirited with newfound purpose, Reagan began to turn his vision into a venture, starting with the name. At first, it was The Hood, a name that combined boxing regalia and street slang. This was until Reagan’s wish to progress into being a formal and legitimate organisation, lead him to discover ‘The Hood’, was already trademarked.

“No problem, in South Yorkshire we say De Hood, not The Hood.”
-Reagan Denton.

With that response, De Hood Limited was formed. Before long, the accommodation available had been outgrown by an ever increasing tide of memberships. What was at first a few lads, now boasted just as many girls as boys, as well as a diverse age group attending a variety of classes. Local residents helped Reagan acquire the relevant licences and meet the requirements needed to form a legal organisation, and local councillor Terry Fox alongside the council, agreed to give him a gym to use and adjoining rooms at a recently vacated school.  Meanwhile, the South Yorkshire Police made a pledge to help Reagan purchase a boxing ring complete with equipment, whilst South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue pledged to match their donation. With great support from those around him, in May 2017 Reagan collected the keys to this gym.

It didn’t matter that the gym wasn’t the most pristine and perfect place in the world, and Reagan and his team were not going to shy away from the few weeks work needed to fix it up. With residents helping out, De Hood was soon boasting one of the best boxing gyms in Sheffield. Beyond being clean and well maintained, sporting professionals donated pictures and banners to adorn the walls in sports memorabilia, as a constant inspiration to any who would step into the gym, and just as De Hood brought together the worlds of the streets and boxing, the gym followed suit as street artists were used to cover any bare wall with beautifully designed graphics and street art.

De Hood now stands as a sanctuary for anyone to come in and be treated the same. From young men to old ladies, there is no discrimination in De Hood and every member adheres to Reagan’s rules of self discipline and respect to others. It is this exact lifestyle that De Hood will always promote and endorse.

Though it started as a boxing gym, many people did not feel that they could properly exercise through boxing if they had no particular love of gloves themselves. To add to their variety, running sessions, singing and dancing were introduced to great success. On any one night as many as 50 people can come take part in the evening run around the local vicinity, providing a safe, friendly way to get out and exercise in the world. Plans are underway to start other sports and activities once the official opening is completed. Eventually, our aim is for everyone in the local community to not only become members but find a service that relates and appeals to them. In this radically expanding social enterprise, we want everyone to be given an opportunity to join.

Many members were not interested in boxing training and running, singing and dancing was introduced. The success can best be summed up by confirming that on any one night, as many as fifty people can pitch-up to take part in the evening run around the local vicinity. Now plans are underway to start other sports and past-times once the official opening is completed and an updated administrative infra-structure is put in place to ensure that all the relevant legal and social requirements are complied with. Indeed, the aim is for everyone in the local community to become members – or at least, be given the opportunity to join and become part of this rapidly expanding social enterprise.

It’s a way of life…

Getting in shape and achieving individual well being without help or assistance is a daunting task. To have people alongside you in the same boat is a great motivational tool and this lies at the heart of the Hoods’ philosophy. It was also this that drove Reagan Denton to expand his successful ‘Box Fit’ program to include everyone in the local environment and turn it into an enterprise, run by the residents, for the residents.

It may have started as a small exercise routine for youngsters to expel their excess energy, but with guidance it soon scaled up into a social enterprise aimed at improving the life style of anyone in the local area. Alongside the Sheffield council, De Hood has been able to bring together enough accommodation to start realising many of the ideas that were proposed by the members. It may be in it’s infancy, but De Hood’s growth is phenomenal and it’s aims and ambitions are even more striking.

To achieve our mission, we need your help!

De Hood has far exceeded our projections by a gargantuan amount. Although we have numerous volunteers helping us keep everything running, we need help with our ADMINISTRATION INFRA-STRUCTURE. Without an updated and stronger infra-structure, we cannot adequately cater for the incoming volume of prospective members.

We will always appreciate anyone volunteering their spare time to help out, but we are in need of people with specific skill sets who would be happy to loan those skills to a good cause. If you are willing to help then please send us an email with what kind of help you could donate.

At this stage we wish to find out what local help is available, so we are not looking for anyone to make a commitment right away, especially without being made fully aware of our future plans! We would however be very happy to have a phone call to ensure a mutual understanding, followed by an invitation to a meeting at De Hood in person. If you believe you can be of help, if you are between jobs, sat with spare time or retired seeking something to engage in (as well as helping a very worthy cause!) please send your contact details to the e-mail address below.

 

Dehoods Aims

Reagan Denton sees De Hood as a tool to dramatically improve the social and physical environment in the local vicinity he lives in. He argues that the residents of The Manor and the surrounding areas are some of the friendliest and empathetic people in the country, but sadly, were not given  the opportunity to explore their natural talents and abilities. De Hood will now be there to help them change this. He wants to:

Give any youth who wants to improve their life style an opportunity to do so.

De Hood secured financial help from South Yorkshire Police because they could easily see the positive change De Hood provides. Crime figures and anti social behaviour fell since it’s inception, and we hope to be just as effective at improving the statistics for health and well being in the area too! So far, boxing training and running have been our main activities but our plans for 2017 include introducing other sports and activities. We also hope to expand the social interaction of our young members, to better help them express themselves socially and build up their self confidence and character.

 

Locate and offer physical help to the more vulnerable residents.

When we say ‘vulnerable’, we are referring to anyone who feels they need help, or anyone who is struggling in their day to day. Whether you have a physical or mental disability, health or emotional distress, lack of things to do or lack of people to do them with, then De Hood is here for you. We are soon looking to invite professionals who specialise in these areas to become part of the De Hood’s team. Our goal is that eventually we shall have a enough volunteers in various fields to ensure that everyone on the estate is visited and invited to join De Hood, where they can connect with other people in similar circumstances. We aren’t just hoping to help them, we intend to help them help themselves and each other, but by no means would our direct, tangible assistance diminish. An example of this is that many of our physically handicapped residents do not get to enjoy the sunshine as much as they might like because their gardens are overgrown and they have nowhere nice to sit in them. We have made an agreement with a local organisation who will visit houses we recommend, to clean up and maintain their gardens for them.

 

Stamp-out loneliness in the local vicinity.

We carried out a survey and found that there is an overwhelming majority of people in The Manor estate who wish to meet other residents and engage in social interaction, but are either too shy or scared to make that jump. We have a host of volunteers who will be visiting everyone and where possible, persuading and helping them in engaging with their neighbours in a friendly environment. We understand that some people are lone wolves and we respect that, but if anyone wishes to meet people and build relations with their local community, De Hood is where you should turn.

 

Help anyone who wants to improve their physical fitness and/or lose weight.

It’s no secret that a poor diet added on top of a lack of exercise breeds obesity and lethargy, and eventually possibly even diabetes, depression and anxiety attacks amongst other things. Almost every visitor De Hood has had, remarked on the physical condition and general good fitness of our members and this is what we wish to push forward to new members. We soon plan to introduce a number of different exercise disciplines that can cater and relate to anyone. We understand boxing isn’t for everyone, and we hope that we can create relevant exercise classes and styles to your tastes, so long as we can create a way for anyone to feel that they can lose weight, and using our guidance, never put it back on. We are so confident in our methods that we intent to issue a national challenge to any other organisation in the country to compete against in a test to see who can produce the best results.

 

Improve general well-being.

Physical fitness is only one part of overall well being. When our members mix together in a friendly and engaging atmosphere, they tend to be happier. We are hoping to introduce yoga, meditation and mindfulness into the hood so that our members can key into and keep that positive energy they feel in De Hood when they head home. We are also hoping to have health and welfare professionals to give talks and have open discussions on a multitude of subjects that can help our members improve their lifestyle. We want to encourage our members to discuss amongst themselves in a friendly and constructive environment, issues that have been historically been ignored such as sex-health, family planning, domestic abuse, drug abuse etc. We want to ensure that wherever help is needed, a signpost is nearby to guide them.

 

Create jobs and business start-ups.

With our exponential growth since inception, we have lots of plans to help create new and sustainable jobs, as well as help members with any start-up business ideas they have. With thousands of estate residents backing De Hood, more and more are showing support and interest every day.  If we are confident in a member being able to provide good value-for-money service, we will advertise and promote their business through our website to fellow members, providing a boost to local business as well as ensuring only good quality and value businesses are advertised on the website. De Hood is not a charity or a method to channel long term public funding, it is a way to help people and help them help themselves. We believe everyone is good at something and everyone can lend a hand to help their fellow man, provided they are given the right opportunity. #

 

The Hood’ started with an ex-pro boxer, two kids and a punch-bag just over two years ago. Now it boasts some of the best facilities in Sheffield with huge and growing support. Reagan’s aims may appear extremely ambitious but as he points out to those who doubt him: “I started without any help and after just two years we have achieved more than anyone else we are aware of. Today, I have a team of good people helping me and the support of most of the residents. I assure you, our aims will be achieved”.

The man behind Dehood, Reagan (Dynamite) Denton

It could be argued that ‘De Hood’ and Reagan Denton are one and the same thing. De Hood is a way of life that Reagan lives by and that way of life became the basis for De Hood. It wasn’t always this way; in fact before the ‘De Hood’ experience Reagan’s lifestyle was unsustainable and volatile.

Reagan was the youngest and smallest of the big Denton family, and being a young lad with good looks and curly permed hair, would often get into fights. After a particularly nasty beating received for defending the honour of one of his female friends, Reagan resolved to take action, shaving off his hair and joining the Bowling Green Boxing Club on The Manor. It was a pretty decrepit looking place for a young star to train, with it’s asbestos roof and concrete walls. The gloves were kept in a tin, and during the winter the sweat in the gloves would freeze, meaning twenty minutes thawing would occur before any practice could. There were three old bags and a home made ring, but the Bowling Green was made by it’s decent owners who encouraged Reagan to train, which he did daily for three months. The next time he was faced with the bully who beat him before, it was Reagan dishing out punishment and realising that he had true talent as a boxer.

He continued with his training and eventually Glyn Rhodes MBE, took him under his wing. To this day Reagan maintains that this encounter was the best thing that ever happened to him, still holding the same tremendous respect for him as he did back then, and holding him in honour as one of the most honest and straight forward man in the boxing fraternity. Despite still being a novice, Glyn had faith in Reagan and disregarding the nay-sayers, entered Reagan into the English school-boy championship. He worked his way through four competitors to fight in the final in Stoke. The fifth and final fight was to Graham Earl, a much more experienced boxer on his 45th fight of his career. Reagan lost to Graham, who later went on to become British and Commonwealth lightweight champion, but the fight Reagan had displayed was more than enough to validate Glyn’s faith.

From there on, Reagan’s life was set for new tracks. He went to Miami with Herol “Bomber” Graham, where he met Lennox Lewis and a host of celebrities. He hit the headlines of the Daily Star when he gave Lennox Lewis’ minder a black eye, and still in his teen years went with Naz (Prince Naseem) to Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Reagan accompanied Naz in his fight with Marco Barrera, and after Naz’s defeat, Reagan would go on to say:

“Naz was the best of them all and would have won easily if he had trained and kept his weight down. Anyway, after the fight, he went off with Michael Jackson to Neverland so I came back to the Manor”.

 

Back in Sheffield, Reagan had become a celebrity. Though he still lived on the Manor, he was driving a Porsche and wearing £50,000 wrist-watches. Hidden amongst the glamour, he also began to drink, take drugs, and live the high life in such an unsustainable manner that it would ultimately lead to his imprisonment. On his 30th birthday, shortly before taking his girlfriend to Spain to see Mark Lamarr in concert, Reagan was arrested for breaking the conditions of an ASBO. Whilst his girlfriend took her friend to the concert instead, Reagan spent the night – and the following few years, in prison.

 

Upon his release, it wasn’t long before Reagan had regained his boxing licence, eager to pick up where he left off. Without any training, his first fight put him against the up and coming Courtney Owen (watch here) who was not only a stone heavier, but three inches taller than him. In just 77 seconds, Reagan had won via KO. He went on to win six more bouts, until he was offered a European Title fight that he would have accepted, were it not for seeing some kids throwing dog faeces at passing cars…

The new Reagan is a man who has seen both sides of life and knows not only where his life went off the tracks, but also why. He does not want to see anyone else fall for the same pitfalls as he did, and now he sees it as his mission in life to help improve the lives of his neighbours. |Reagan believes this to be the destiny that fate had in store for him, that he had always been intended for this purpose, and even if he doesn’t know where this inspiration came from, it is clearly working.

It is no chance encounter that Reagan met his partner Laura at the same time as he was forming De Hood. It’s clear to him that without her guidance and support, it’s questionable if De Hood would have ever risen to it’s current level. Whilst Reagan can at times be brash, rushing into things headlong, Laura is his polar opposite. Astute, empathetic and intelligent, combined with ferocity, tenacity and heart, they make a most formidable and balanced team.

 

Years ago, Reagan turned down the opportunity to fight for the European title. Though he has not trained professionally since that day, he knows that if given the chance, he would win this title on behalf of De Hood, and now De Hood as well as the whole of South Yorkshire are looking for this fight to be arranged.

 

Let’s see what happens.