A new boxing club has proved a hit in its inaugural year, with its chairman saying the response has exceeded all expectations.
Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club opened its doors in June 2012 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
In its first 12 months, the group has held a successful home show at Alnwick Castle, encouraged numerous boxers to take to the ring and held a range of classes for the community. A Friends of Alnwick ABC, made up of a mix of volunteers, has also been established.
Chairman Gary Pattinson said: “This first year has well exceeded my expectations.
“What we have achieved is quite unbelievable and is tantamount to the club members’ achievements combined with the support that we have received from The Friends of Alnwick ABC.
“The highlight of the season was our first home show with six of our boxers taking part, something that I would never have thought would have been achievable in our first year. This demonstrates how the club members have dedicated themselves to their boxing training to be ready for the home show. The club structure that has been established is such that we are set to go from strength to strength in years to come.”
The club, which recently had a first birthday celebration, is based at the town’s St Thomas’ Close workshops and the facility is there for the whole community to use.
The club has held a total of 329 classes, with different sessions aimed at a mix of age groups from eight years up, which have been popular.
Alnwick ABC fighters have had a total of 16 bouts with seven wins and nine losses.
Thanks have been given to Northumberland County Council, Alnwick Town Council, North Country Leisure, Multi Agency Crime Prevention Incentive, Northumberland Clubs for Young People, Alnwick and District Round Table, Sport England and Coun Gordon Castle.