A north Northumberland village boxing club has punched above its weight by winning a national award.
Glendale Amateur Boxing & Fitness Club has been named as this year’s winner of the North East Satellite Club award, from Sport England, in recognition of its work with the community.
The club was set up by volunteers in 2015, who took over a disused building at Glendale Middle School, in Wooler, and raised £7,000 to transform it into a modern fully-equipped gym.
It has since gone from strength-to-strength, offering weekly boxing and fitness classes for more than 150 people, and was nominated for the prize by Northumberland Sport, the County Sports Partnership (CSP) for Northumberland.
The club fought off competition from three other North East clubs to become the first sports club from the Northumberland to achieve the accolade.
The award was presented by Team GB boxer Calum French, of Birtley, alongside County Councillor Val Tyler during a celebration event at the club.
Lee Sprudd, interim executive lead for Northumberland Sport, said: “We are delighted to announce the Glendale Amateur Boxing & Fitness Club as the winners of this year’s award.
“The satellite club programme is delivered across England as part of Sport England’s 2012 Legacy, and aims to get more young people aged 14-25 taking part in sports on a regular basis.
“Each year, we are invited to nominate a club we believe has excelled in this regard, and deserves national recognition for its work with the community. We cannot speak highly enough of the club and everything the volunteers have achieved, and we congratulate them all.”
Northumberland Sport is the County Sport Partnership for Northumberland, one of many across England working to increases participation in sport and physical activity, and is hosted by Active Northumberland.
Lorraine Dewison, Chief Executive of Active Northumberland which: “I congratulate the club on winning this outstanding award, and I think everyone involved with setting up and developing the club should feel very proud of themselves today.
“The club has gone from not even existing a year and a half ago to being one of the county’s great success stories. It’s a phenomenal achievement, fuelled by the passion and determination of a small and committed group of volunteers, and the award is richly deserved.”
Boxing coach and co-founder Alistair Sharp, said: “We thank Northumberland Sport for nominating us for this award and recognising the effort and hard work put in by all at the club. We were honoured to receive the award from Val Tyler and Calum French in front of members and people from our community.
“We started the club to provide a sporting outlet for the wider Glendale area and the continued interest and dedication of members and volunteers keeps the club flourishing. Awards like this make us feel valued and drive us forward. The support from Northumberland Sport and Sport England is very much appreciated.”