Mayor opens growing Highbridge boxing club's new premises
and Highbridge's Mayor has opened a new modern boxing gym in the
Alfred Boxing Club has moved into a new unit at Premier Business
Park, off Huntspill Road, as it expands its facilities in its 20th
Bill Hancock cut a ribbon to formally open the club's new premises
on Saturday in front of a crowd of members and their families.
club has dozens of boxers on its roster of all ages, with both men
and women taking part, many of whom train 3-4 times a week.
new facilities include a large boxing ring, a training area with
punch bags, office and changing facilities and a large area for
Cllr Hancock said: "It's fantastic to see this club doing so
well and growing. I am impressed with what they are doing in helping
young people build fitness and self-confidence. I congratulate all
the dedicated people who run it. Hopefully Highbridge will get its
own world champion one day!"
club's coach Andy Churches said: "We want to keep people keep
out of trouble, be happy with themselves, and also make champions.
I thank all the club's coaches, committee and those people who help
us in the background who you don't always see. I hope the boxers
can really go places here."
club's Roger Cross said: "Getting the new premises is fantastic
- it is inspiring the club to do bigger and better things. There's
a real buzz about the club."
secretary Janet Keen said the organisation had outgrown its former
premises at Burnham Waste. "We are very grateful to Terry Rickard
for giving us his support over the years. Without his generosity,
the club wouldnt be here now."
added: "Boxing is great for building fitness, upper body strength
and self-confidence, and its popularity is growing all the time."
club has also recently submitted an application to the Charity Commision
seeking charitable status, to allow it to access new funding and
event was also attended by Burnham and Highbridge Mayoress Frances
Hancock, Deputy Mayor Andy Brewer, and local councillor Roger Keen,
among many families and supporters, as pictured here.