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Community boxing club opens doors to new facility
4:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
IT’S seconds out for the start of a new era for sport in Droitwich after the town’s amateur boxing club opened the doors of its new, state-of-the art facility.
The renamed Droitwich Amateur Boxing Academy is now undertaking training sessions in its purpose-built centre at King George’s Fields, off Briar Mill.
Situated in a standalone building behind Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre and next to the football changing rooms, the impressive gymnasium features two competition-sized rings, a weight training area with various fitness equipment, separate male and female changing rooms with showers and facilities for disabled people.
A far cry from its previous home of 30 years in a prefabricated building at Kidderminster Road, the modern facility provides a much better training and fitness environment not only for the academy’s existing squad of boxers but townsfolk wanting to take up the sport.
The facility is now hoping to attract not only new boxers but people wanting to improve their fitness.
Opening hours have already been extended with sessions for children from the age of eight upwards taking place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30pm to 6.15pm, boxing fitness classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, including a ladies only work-out from 7.30pm on Thursdays, and additional sessions at weekends.
The opening comes just weeks after the club gained Clubmark status from Sport England through the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) in recognition of the practices it has in place in terms of coaching standards, duty of care and welfare, its community role and management processes.
After years in the planning, Chris Andrews, long-serving coach and secretary of the club, was delighted that Droitwich Amateur Boxing Academy had a location in which it could grow and go from strength-to-strength.
“With full-size rings, loads of punch bags and punching apparatus, space for skipping and pad work, proper changing rooms with showers – club members think they are in seventh heaven,” he said. “Our coaching team is now preparing itself for an influx of new members and we would like this exciting community resource to be used to its full potential by local residents of all ages.”
The academy will be staging an official opening in the coming weeks but, in the meantime, Chris Andrews can be contacted on 07961 375903 or 01905 772855 for details about the club’s training sessions.
Further information can be found on the club’s Facebook page at facebook.com/DroitwichAmateurBoxingClub.
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