Boxing club looking foranewhomebase
BOXING club bosses in Earl Shilton have just three months to find a new home or face collapse.
The town’s sparring and training gym has been above retail units on High Street for the last 20 years of its existence.
Run by volunteers and attracting keen amateurs from across the borough and beyond, the club has produced a string of European and national champions, with a handful of the brightest turning pro.
Now the club needs to relocate to a new base because their building is being redeveloped. The carpet shop on the ground floor is to make way for a convenience store and a Subway franchise while the upstairs is being turned into flats.
The owner of the property has been given planning permission for the changes and Earl Shilton Amateur Boxing Club has until around Christmas time to depart.
Head coach Craig Perkins has been involved for more than three decades after first picking up gloves at around 10.
He said: “We’ve probably got about 60 or 70 members from the town and right out to Wigston and Ibstock and some come for general fitness while others come to develop their boxing skills.
“I started as a boxer then moved into making matches and now I’m head coach. It’s a great feeling taking kids off the street, helping them learn to box, instilling some discipline and see them grow into young gentlemen.
“All our coaches are volunteers and while we don’t pay any rent we do pay our way with bills. Club subs help with that.
“Now we are facing this situation where we have been asked to leave and so far we haven’t been able to identify a suitable place to move to.
“If we don’t get a new home then the club will close and it will be a devastating blow for the town. Everyone knows what a big part of the community the club is, it would be a disaster.”
Being a not for profit enterprise Craig said they were limited as to how much money they could spend should a new venue require a fee. But agreements could be made.
Ideally the club is after a sports hall style room, at least 20ft by 40ft. Anyone who might be able to help should contact Craig on firstname.lastname@example.org
Earl Shilton Amateur Boxing Club needs a new home and has just a few months to find one. Pictured: Members of the club including current youth European champion Billy Smith, Tyler Rivers current national champion, professional boxers Kyle Haywood , Sam...