Martial arts club ‘in limbo’ as it moves to new home in Boston

Sonny Boyall, left, in action with his Boston Kuk Soon Won club.
Sonny Boyall, left, in action with his Boston Kuk Soon Won club.

A popular martial arts club has found a new venue following fears it would have to close after losing its base at Boston High School.

Boston Kuk Sool Won has put in planning permission for change of use to an indutrial unit in Merlin Terrace, Marsh Lane.

However, with the deadline looming for the club to be out of Boston High School by February 13 – and at least two months before their new venue is ready – there are fears the wait could see a serious drop in members.

Head instructor Sonny Boyall, who has run the Kuk Sool Won school for 11 years, said: “I have appealed to the school to give us an extension on the time – just an extra 10 weeks or so to enable us to get the new venue sorted out.

“They are having a governors meeting next week to discuss it, but in the mean time I am in limbo.”

The club has more than 100 members, but Mr Boyall said if the club is without a venue for two months he is concerned his members will ‘lose interest and disappear’.

“I have put my life and soul into building this club up over the last 11 years,” said Mr Boyall. “I’m just appealing for the school to be compassionate about this until we can get our new base ready. Everything we do with the club is on a voluntary basis.”

He added: “We have got new premises now but it needs a lot of work.

“Hopefully it will be ready by around Easter.”

Boston High School previously said it has had to cease all its lettings due to ‘financial reasons’.

A spokesman confirmed to The Standard that the matter will be looked at by governors.