New gym packs a real punch

Grand opening of extension and new-look gym.
Grand opening of extension and new-look gym.

Boston Amateur Boxing Club officially unveiled their new-look gym on Saturday morning.

Boxers, coaches, former members, helpers and backers were among the guests present to see the cutting of the ribbon.

“It was a bit of a pipe dream to start with,” admitted club chairman and head coach Kevin Smith.

“But it looks fantastic now.”

The Field Street gym has undergone a major revamp, with an extension doubling the floor space for fighters and keep fit enthusaists who use the site.

And it is almost unrecognisable from the space where the likes of former Commonwealth Games boxer Joe Dawson first threw punches at the bags.

The club’s £63,000 facelift was made possible predominantly by £50,000 of funding from Sports England’s Lottery pot.

Donna Brady, the England Boxing Association’s club support officer for the midlands, helped the club gain that cash, and she was among those valued guests at the opening ceremony.

“This has been a lot of hard work for these guys, but they did everything they were asked to do and more,” said Donna, who presented the club with a headguard and gloves which were used for a bout at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“I’ve never seen such hard work.”

But the honour of cutting the ribbon was handed to Frank Cammack of the Boston Sports Forum.

The forum had played a major role in helping the club purchase the site, the first key step in its revamp.

Mr Cammack reflected on how the gym used to look, stating: “It was a very, very bleak picture and the place was in danger of being closed down.

“It’s thrilling to come here today to see it now, and to see numbers increasing.”

Now the gym can boast male and female changing facilities, a state-of-the-art ring and additional floor space for training and bag work, plus a handful of exercise machines.

Other supporters, including the employees of builders and contractors H.H. Adkins, were thanked for their help in the gym’s reconstruction, while club members also played their part in the re-design with a number of painting parties.

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