BOXING CLUB CLOSER TO OPENING NEW BASE

Julie McCann, Sport NI signing up with Banbridge ABC members, Martin Casey, chairman, Anne Murphy, secretary, Paul Ferris, club solicitor, DAmian Wall, AD Chartered Surveyors, Ashton Clydesdale, tresurer, Adrian Martin, George Mawhinney, Robert Mackey, MSM Contracts, and Eoighin Farren, McGurk Architects. INBL3413-BBABC
Julie McCann, Sport NI signing up with Banbridge ABC members, Martin Casey, chairman, Anne Murphy, secretary, Paul Ferris, club solicitor, DAmian Wall, AD Chartered Surveyors, Ashton Clydesdale, tresurer, Adrian Martin, George Mawhinney, Robert Mackey, MSM Contracts, and Eoighin Farren, McGurk Architects. INBL3413-BBABC

Banbridge Boxing Club are a right hook away from starting work on their new base at Havelock Park and a new beginning for the club.

A letter of offer from SportNI, signed off by them on Monday, for a £250,000 grant to fund the building of a new training facility has just been received, meaning that work can soon get underway.

The club’s new home will be at Havelock Park, behind the 4G pitch and the changing rooms opposite the hockey club’s room.

The contractor is MSM Contracts and the architects will be Magherafelt firm McGurks.

Club stalwart, Anne Murphy, says that their new home will allow for the stars of the future to shine through.

“The new training facility will mean that we will be able to increase our membership and bring more young people through and increase the number of opportunities that they have to break through.

“Last year we had the Cuban Olympic boxing team with us. Our young members were able to work with them and it was really inspirational for them. With this facility we will be able to build upon that and encourage them.

“But as well as that we will be able to work with our older members.

“It is a fantastic boost for the club and we hope everyone will come down and visit us when we finally open our doors.”

The club, which re-opened in 2006, have been looking for a permanent base since 2010.

“We’ve had tremendous support from Dominic Quinn, who has been very helpful in finding us places to train,” Anne added.

“But it has meant that the club has moved from pillar to post and we’ve sometimes had to train in premises which have not been up to standard.”

The boxing club’s imminent arrival at Havelock Park adds further weight behind the idea of the Lurgan Road venue being a local sporting hub.

Banbridge Hockey Club, Seapatrick Football Club and Banbridge Angling Club are already based there plus there is a 4G football pitch used by many of the local football teams.

“We are going to have some great neighbours,” the Banbridge ABC secretary said.

“It can only be good for the district.”