Boxing club unveils new training studio

From left: Boxer Gregor Sharp, Steve Hunter of EDF Energy renewables, coach David Milburn and boxer Matthew Walsh. Picture by Michael Hughes.
From left: Boxer Gregor Sharp, Steve Hunter of EDF Energy renewables, coach David Milburn and boxer Matthew Walsh. Picture by Michael Hughes.

A village boxing club has been given a new lease of life after officially unveiling its new gym, which was transformed thanks to crucial funding.

Glendale Amateur Boxing Club, based at Glendale Middle School in Wooler, received £7,365 from the Barmoor Windfarm Community Benefit Fund to launch a training studio for its members.

The club, which is the only one of its kind in the area, was set up at the beginning of the year by coach David Milburn and chairman Andy Clark, a former policeman in the local community.

The organisation used the grant from EDF Energy Renewables, among other smaller donations, to renovate an empty unit given to it by Glendale Middle School, including new internal walls and fittings, repairs to the roof, insulation and new windows. The transformed facility was unveiled earlier this month.

David said: “The support has been overwhelming. Without the donation from the Barmoor Windfarm Community Benefit Fund and Glendale Middle School we wouldn’t have been able to open the studio.”

The club currently has around 100 members who attend boxing sessions and exercise classes instructed by qualified volunteers. Boxing training and tuition is available for ages seven and upwards and those aged 11 to 25 can compete.

The community benefit fund will make £60,000 available each year over the anticipated 25-year operational lifetime of the windfarm to support local community projects, events and organisations. Applications are considered by a local steering group that includes representatives of local parish councils and individuals from the area.

Barmoor Windfarm is a six-turbine site, located south west of Berwick between the villages of Ford and Lowick, and is capable of delivering more than 12 megawatts of low-carbon electricity, enough to meet the average annual needs of around 6,500 homes.

Steve Hunter, of EDF Energy Renewables, presented the donation from the community fund. He said: “The boxing club has made a huge impact in the community and we felt it was a worthy cause.”