New club in fight for funding

A FUNDING application of up to £10,000 is to be submitted to help a new boxing club get off the ground.

The bid will be made to Sport England in an attempt to secure important money which would allow Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club to open in May.

Any possible grant would be earmarked for the likes of equipment, coaching qualification costs and other running requirements for the first year.

It is envisaged that the organisation will be based at the town’s St Thomas’ Close workshops, pending the approval of a planning application to Northumberland County Council to change the units’ use.

Club chairman Gary Pattinson said: “We are now in a position to finalise a funding application to Sport England for the set-up costs.

“Capital funding costs for the fit-out of the units has been agreed and secured from other areas but the small grant funding from Sport England would allow the original timescale for opening the club in May to be maintained.”

The funding application follows the club’s first annual general meeting last Thursday, which saw the formation of a committee – an important step in helping the club get off the ground. With Gary taking the chairman’s role, John English has been appointed as secretary, Debbie Egdell will be treasurer and Tina Camilleri is the club’s welfare officer.

Gary, 41, from the town’s Alwynside, added: “I’d like to thank them for their commitment and support for helping to get the club off the ground.”

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 open to people wanting to increase their fitness, with scope for boxercise classes.

Gary has said he is still interested in hearing from anyone who wants to support the club in any way.

He would also like donations of any boxing memorabilia either to decorate the club or raise further funds. To contact him, email gary.pattinson2@btinternet.com or call 07738 364349.