Box­ing club saved with cash grant

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AMUCH-LOVED Ban­gor box­ing club which has pro­duced a string of Welsh cham­pi­ons has been saved from clo­sure by a grant for des­per­ately needed new equip­ment for its young mem­bers – thanks to cash con­fis­cated from crooks.

The Maes­geirchen Box­ing Club, pre­vi­ously the Ban­gor Club, which in­cludes for­mer Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­list Dave Davies on its roll of hon­our, has been turn­ing out Welsh cham­pi­ons for over 30 years.

But, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal Gwynedd coun­cil­lor Nigel Pick­a­vance, its ex­is­tence was threat­ened by the ex­pense of keep­ing up to date with the lat­est head­guards and equip­ment.

Now a £2,500 grant from a fund set up by North Wales Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ar­fon Jones, will as­sure its fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to veteran trainer Brian “Bach” Wil­liams, who looks after young­sters from the age of six up.

The for­mer Royal Navy man, who has been at ring­side for the club since 1995, said: “All the equip­ment changes be­cause of new reg­u­la­tions and it’s very ex­pen­sive, but this will make sure we’re still here.

“Dave Davies still comes along to the club and he gives the lads a few tips and we’ve got a few good ones at the mo­ment.”

Nigel Pick­a­vance added: “Brian has just turned 70, but he takes the lads on train­ing runs and he’s still the first up the steep hill near the club­house.

“He has run the club on bare bones and has won a num­ber of awards for his ser­vices. He de­serves some­thing bet­ter be­cause he’s brought through so many cham­pi­ons.

“The club is in a glo­ri­fied shed and has a ring and some train­ing equip­ment, but it needs bet­ter head­guards, gloves and punch­bags and this grant will pay for up­graded equip­ment.”

Pic­ture: MIKE DEAN (Eye Im­agery)

As­sis­tant Chief Constable Richard De­bicki, North Wales Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ar­fon Jones and PACT chair­man David Wil­liams hand the £2,500 fund­ing grant over to Maes­geirchen Am­a­teur Box­ing Club trainer Brian Wil­liams

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