Ludlow Amateur Boxing Club's new home will be a knockout, says chairman Tony Sewell (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Ludlow Amateur Boxing Club's new home will be a knockout, says chairman Tony Sewell
CHAIRMAN Tony Sewell believes Ludlow Amateur Boxing Club’s new building will be a real knockout for the town.
Sewell returned to the club’s hot-seat earlier this year to help finish off the project at Wheeler Road.
And the club’s new headquarters are being officially opened at a community open day on Saturday, November 9.
“The new hut has been six years in the making and it’s a great facility,” said Sewell.
“I have come back on board as chairman this year to see things through for the completion of the new boxing hut.”
Volunteers have been assisting with the fitting out of the new building, which will also serve as a community facility.
Sewell said: “Two-thirds of the building are purpose-built for the boxing club and the other half is for community use.
We have had to overcome a lot but we’re almost there now.”
“Everyone who has helped, should be proud.
"The building will give us a lot more space in which to train and be a huge benefit for our great youth section.”
The club’s original boxing hut was demolished over safety concerns around two years ago.
The new project has been supported by Ludlow Town Council, South Shropshire Housing and Shropshire Council. Shropshire Council has provided £50,000 towards the project, with Ludlow Town Council pledging £20,000 and South Shropshire Housing Association, £10,000.
Shropshire Council’s Ludlow joint committee has given £10,000 and support from local businesses and donations amounts to around £50,000.
Ludlow Town Council are putting in an additional £18,000 to pay for surfacing work on the car park and for landscaping.
Boxer James Key, from Cleobury Mortimer, has been a member of the boxing club since he was 14 years old.
The 21-year-old said: “I am looking forward to the new building being done - it will put our club on the map.”
Club chairman Sewell wants people from Ludlow to pop down to the open day next month.
“People should see what a fantastic facility our small club has achieved.
“Everyone involved in supporting the club over the years has had a fantastic part to play in it.
“It has been a fantastic six years since we started and many people have given so much of their free time to make it happen.
“The building shows what can be achieved if we work together.”
The community open day at Ludlow Amateur Boxing Club in Wheeler Road takes place on Saturday, November 9, between noon and 4pm.
The day will include children’s activities and conclude with a presentation to mark the handing over of the new building.
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