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Boxing Club secure new home

By Grant Milne

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INVERURIE Boxing Club are ready to pack a punch after councillors sounded the bell for them to have their own premises in Kintore.

Since forming in May 2017, the club had been training out of Inverurie Academy, but the creation of the new Community Campus, which is set to open in spring, would have rendered them homeless.

However they have been given permission to relocate to a base (previously used as a store by oil and gas companies) at Midmill Business Park in Kintore.

The club boast around 100 members with two District champions and a Novice Scottish champion among them, and have ambitions of producing boxers who can compete at European/Commonwealth level in future.

The demand for boxing in the area has seen the club reach capacity and forced to open up a waiting list for all their classes.

Members of all ages hail from as far afield as Turriff and Alford.

Garioch Area Committee unanimously agreed to approve the application for a change of use to the premises at their meeting in Gordon House on Tuesday morning, with councillor Martin Ford believing it was a “sensible and progressive thing to do.”

Club secretary Sarah Addison was “absolutely delighted” with the decision, and was hopeful they could begin training in their new home by the end of March.

“This is fantastic news for a young, local club”, she said.

“It will allow us to have an improved training schedule for all ages and abilities, giving us the opportunity to push all registered boxers and members to reach their desired goal, whether that be their own fitness or compete competitively.

“We are looking forward to setting up our new premises and be able to have a boxing ring up at all times.

“Not only will it benefit our club, but will benefit Kintore and the wider communities having a designated boxing club in our local area.

“It's going to make a really big difference to us.

“As we are a non-profit organisation, we aim to make boxing accessible for all.

“We have members who are autistic, have ADHD and mental health issues attending classes who are all benefiting from discipline, growth in confidence, focus and general fitness which benefits all participants.

“Feedback from parents and family members have been very, very positive too.

“With having our own dedicated premises, it will mean members can turn up and use the equipment, whereas at the Academy we've spent a lot of time setting up equipment and dismantling it again.”

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