Dramatic Growth for the Boxing Club

Falmouth and Penryn Amateur Boxing Club (abc) has seen dramatic growth since receiving a grant of £1000 from Penryn Treasures two years ago.

The grant was used to buy new sparring gloves and equipment to make training safer and more effective, as well as some being invested in a range of club clothing, which was sold to members. It also helped cover aba affiliation costs and generating advertising for the club.

In April 2014, the club successfully held their first boxing tournament, a feat only possible thanks to the increased membership and development of the club.

The tournament was a resounding success, with further interest in boxing generated across the community of Falmouth and Penryn, leading to more people from all backgrounds attending training sessions, for numerous reasons, such as, to compete, get fitter, become part of a community, or build self confidence and discipline.

One of our younger boxers, Lewis Rollason was selected to represent Cornwall at the annual County Tournament, and was also made team captain for the night! Lewis’ success has generated interest amongst his peer group and we have a group of youngsters hoping to box next season, who came to training sessions initially to see what their classmate was doing, or to spar with him!

We have now successfully hosted three tournaments, with ten boxers representing the club last season and often have thirsty plus people attending training sessions, enough to comfortably cover our costs, where three years ago we were struggling.

The club is hoping, in the near future, to be involved in further growth and development with the Dracena Centre, to provide more sessions and even better facilities for members to train with. Our management team can now boast having Gerald Pitts, director of Falmouth Docks, as Chairperson and Sue Stuart, director of Cargo Clothing, as Treasurer.
Their experience and expertise has brought our organisation on in leaps and bounds, giving us a strong approach to fresh projects and challenges.

We currently have two qualified coaches at every session, Chris Martin and Dan Coles, backed up by Charlie Black, Nick Brown and Toni Partridge on a regular basis. It is hoped that a further two or three of our members will gain aba qualification for the coming season, to help increase both coaching cover and the range of training we can offer all sections of the community.

Richard Lister, Secretary of abc

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