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St Pancras boxing
and fitness facility
has bright future
A community boxing and fitness facility
has opened its doors after a major
refurbishment that was part-funded by
the Mayor of London: Facility Fund.
St Pancras Amateur Boxing Club (ABC)
was founded in 1900 and runs regular
boxing classes. It also plays an active
role in helping to develop partnerships
with the local authority, Schools Spor ts
Par tnerships and the national governing
body for the sport, the Amateur Boxing
Association for England.
However, the club was seriously
hampered by the facilities at its
dilapidated single-storey building that
had limited changing provision.The site
has been transformed with the help of
a £130,000 MoL:FF grant and is another
major success story for the Fund in
creating a multi-spor t legacy from the
London Olympics.
The new three-storey building consists
of a new gym, male and female changing
rooms, a new foyer and wheelchair-
accessible toilets, with two full-size
boxing rings.
The grant has also provided internal
fittings and new equipment for the gym
facility.This includes accessible dual-
gender changing with toilet facilities
and lockers.The new equipment will
comprise various punch bags, head
guards, gloves, running machines, step
machines, bikes and weights.
Coach CJ Hussein could not contain his
delight at the official opening:
“We’ve got
new coaches, new equipment, and the
likes of former British champion Martin
Power working with the children.”
The enhanced facilities will enable the
club to:
• increase participation in sport through
the use of boxing, especially amongst
young people and those from
disadvantaged backgrounds
• offer competitive opportunities for
aspiring boxers
• use boxing as a tool to engage with
young people and increase their
confidence, discipline and physical
activity levels.
St Pancras Amateur Boxing Club
recorded a 25% leap in enquiries since
the refurbishment.
CJ added:
“For the first time since I’ve
been here we’ve even got a waiting list
so I’d say St Pancras can certainly look
forward to a bright and exciting future
full of champions.”
A community tennis club in SouthWest London has aced it with a
major upgrade of its tennis courts, with the help of nearly £50,000
of Mayor of London funding.
Players, young and old, are now enjoying their new ar tificial clay,
all-weather cour ts at the Sutton Churches Tennis Club in Gander
Green Lane in Sutton.
The Mayor of London: Facility Fund awarded a grant of £49,993
towards the cost of upgrading two all-weather cour ts. Unlike the
Tarmac tennis cour ts, which crack and tend to need replacing
every ten years at a cost of around £10,000, the new all-weather
cour ts can expect to last for over 30 years.
The club runs coaching sessions aimed at a wide cross-section
of the community, from 3–18 years of age and of all ability levels.
They hold day time, evening and weekend sessions; however the
lack of capacity had hampered the club’s ability to provide more
tennis activity for local people.
The increase in cour t provision now allows the club to offer :
• Free tennis courses offered to inactive children and adults
• Free tennis playing opportunities to local disabled and learning
disability groups
• Cardio tennis fitness sessions
• Club memberships to those interested in playing regularly
• Social tennis playing sessions
• Special offer which sees new star ters receive eight weeks’
temporary membership for £40 and a free six-week
coaching course.
The club’s membership Secretary and Coach, Kirsty Garrett, said
“With over 200 members, almost half of whom are juniors, the
new courts will give the club extra playing time and enable more
people from the local community to play tennis.
“This club prides itself in being open to everyone from
beginners to league players and offers a warm welcome to all.”
To cap a successful year, the Sutton Churches Tennis Club recently
won Sutton Council’s Club of theYear 2012 award.
Churches Tennis
Club’s grand
slam upgrade
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