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Knockout blow for club? Future of Tenbury Boxing Club in doubt
TENBURY Amateur Boxing Club is facing its biggest fight – to find a new home.
Founder and head coach Martin ‘Paddy’ Brennan admits the club’s future is ‘hanging in the balance’.
The club is on the ropes after being told to leave its base above the Bridge Hotel.
“We are fighting for survival as we face the prospect of having nowhere to call home,”
“We have been based above the Bridge Hotel since April 2009 but we will be leaving in July.
“The boxing club is one of Tenbury’s great success stories and I don’t think the community can afford to let the club close.
“We don’t want to lose this vital local resource, so we need people to help us find a new home.”
Paddy believes the club has become a huge part of the Tenbury community.
“We are an integral part of Tenbury’s offering to young people and citizens and helping to change the lives of many hundreds of young people,” he said.
“We are raising aspirations, giving confidence and teaching discipline.
“We’ve g rown rapidly from our first four members to more than 100 and we need a place so we can continue to expand and support the community.
“We’re helping children as young as 10, as well as keeping the community fit by of fering a range of women’s fitness classes.”
Paddy, now a member of Tenbury Town Council, is appealing for help to find a new space for the club.
“We are looking for an af fordable, yet big enough space to house a boxing ring, to hold training sessions and store equipment,” he said.
“We would love to stay within walking distance of the town centre so we can continue to hold training sessions four evenings a week and at weekends.”
Paddy has ploughed a lot of his own money into the boxing club.
“To keep the club running, I have invested into the club and what it stands for – mind, body and soul,” he said.
“The club receives support in the form of small sponsorship and donations.
“But it’s kept alive by our members’ subscriptions and the commitment of our volunteers to continue the essential work.”
Bobby Webb owner of the Bridge said that he had been pleased to work with the boxing club for the past four years.
“It is simply a business decision and I have explained things to the boxing club,” said Bobby Webb.
“I have let the club have the room at a discounted rate and paid all of the business rates and insurance but times are tough and the space takes up a third of the building and I need to be able to use it.”
If you can help, call Martin Brennan on 07904396465 or e-mail: adm.tabclub@hotmail.
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