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Droitwich Amateur Boxing Club


Contact: 
Chris Andrews

Droitwich Amateur Boxing Club was formed in 1977 and since 1983 has been operating from its town centre gymnasium on the canalside in Kidderminster Road.

The club has to relocate because

  • The sectional terrapin building it uses is falling to bits!
  • The premises are in any event unfit for purpose by modern standards without changing rooms and adequate toilet/showering facilities
  • With the reopening of the Droitwich canals the site is earmarked for redevelopment and Wychavon District Council will not renew the lease

The Council has offered the club a new site on the King George’s Playing Fields and planning permission has been obtained to build a modern gymnasium on the site.

Substantial grants have been obtained most notably from the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) and from Sport England, and the Council has offered the club a loan. But to secure its future the club needs to raise further capital and is staging this prestigious Dinner Tournament at the Chateau Impney Hotel on 19 October both as a shop window for its boxers and to raise funds for the new building.

Background

Droitwich Amateur Boxing Club has always had two main objectives:

  • To be a centre of excellence for those wishing to compete in the sport of amateur boxing in order that they can achieve their full potential; and
  • To provide community-based facilities for those wishing to learn how to box, and/or to use boxing training as a means of keeping fit and for enhancing a healthy lifestyle.

The club has achieved considerable success in both aspects:

  • As a Centre of Excellence it has produced several national champions and international representatives mainly at a junior level. It is the only ABAE-affiliated club in North Worcestershire and attracts members from a wide area
  • As a Community Resource it provides a variety of programmes including those for young children, women, beginners and “keep fit” (boxercise). It is open 6 days a week, offers one-on-one coaching, undertakes classes in schools and colleges, and caters for special-needs groups and the young unemployed. In particular it works with young people who are at risk of getting into trouble or who are experiencing problems at home or at school. Boxing as a sport and its training routines appeal to many such young people and over the years the club has provided them with a valuable resource teaching not only the noble art of boxing, but discipline and respect, helping to enhance their self-esteem and self-confidence.

 

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