A NEW boxing club has moved a step closer to opening its doors after knocking down a potential hurdle.
The Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club has been granted planning approval to transform the town’s St Thomas’ Close workshops into its new home.
It means that the organisation is now in the position to sign the lease and then set its sights on converting and kitting out its new headquarters.
The organisation is waiting on the outcome of a number of funding bids, including to Sport England and the county council’s Community Chest Scheme, and it is hoped that the gymnasium will be open by late spring.
Gary Pattinson, club chairman, said: “It is really fantastic and the level of support that the club has had has been absolutely phenomenal.
“There are still a few hurdles but to be honest, we have got over a substantial number already and we have come a long way in a short amount of time.
“It means that we can sign the lease, and from there we have got to refurbish the place and fit it out as a gymnasium.
“Hopefully we can have the facility open in May sometime.
“A realistic time-scale would be by the end of May, subject to funding.
“If we are successful with funding, we can purchase equipment, which we need to get affiliation with the ABA (Amateur Boxing Association).”
The club will be open to all ages, abilities and genders and demand will shape its direction.
A facility for the community, it would also be available to people wanting to increase their fitness, with scope for boxercise classes.
Earlier this year, the club formed its first committee, but Gary is interested in hearing from anyone who wants to support the organisation in any way.
He would also like donations of any boxing memorabilia to either decorate the gymnasium or to raise further funds for the club.
Gary believes the new venue will be a positive addition to Alnwick’s sporting community.
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