THE GLOVES were definitely on when youngsters joined a new boxing club which started in Seaford on Tuesday (May 8).
Seaford and Newlands Amateur Boxing Club is based at Newlands School and aims to give youngsters a diversion and hopefully reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.
The club was the idea of Dave Selby, who said: “I am moving to Seaford as I was part of the old boxing club that was located above the library, so I am aware there is a need.
“The aim of the club is to target underprivileged youth in the area and provide a diversionary facility to reduce antisocial behaviour and crime.
“All coaches at the club have passed the relevant boxing coaching courses as set be the Amateur Boxing Association of England and are all CRB checked. The club has strict policies covering child protection, health and safety and equity.
“The vision of the club is to become a well known name in boxing circles, bring back boxing shows to the area and be a focal point for youth in the community.
“I also have the full backing of Newlands School and want to integrate boxing into the school.”
Training sessions are every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 8.30pm for seniors aged 16 plus and cost £3.50 per session or £5 for both sessions. Annual membership is £25.
For juniors, aged ten to 16, training is every Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm at £2.50 per session and annual membership is £15.
Members do not need previous experience of boxing and the club is open to those who just want to keep fit as well as for those who wish to compete.
Three classrooms have been identified for the club and funding is being sought to refurbish the buildings to provide a boxing gym.
All the coaches at the club are volunteers and the club is purely non profit making, with all proceeds going back into the club.
Mr Selby is looking for local people to help buy equipment or a kit sponsor who may want their logo on the kit.