Fund­ing could prove to be the knock-out blow for box­ing club

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

A Ruther­glen box­ing club with over 200 mem­bers faces clo­sure af­ter run­ning in to se­vere fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty.

In the same week that Durie’s Box­ing Club has two young fight­ers com­pet­ing in a Euro­pean tour­na­ment in Dublin, they have also reached out to busi­nesses for spon­sor­ship to stay afloat.

The club was founded in 2009 and is based at Hill­house In­dus­trial Es­tate, close to the east end of Ruther­glen Main Street.

As well as hold­ing many box­ing shows in the area, they have also pro­duced cham­pi­ons at ju­nior and se­nior level.

How­ever Archie Durie, who runs the gym, has lifted the lid on the fi­nan­cial prob­lems crip­pling the club.

The club have writ­ten to lo­cal busi­nesses in the hope of se­cur­ing vi­tal fund­ing.

Archie said: “Peo­ple don’t know how bad it is, we are in dire, dire straits.

“I owe money left right and cen­tre for bills with the club. I’ll die first be­fore I let it go down.”

In prior years Archie had paid the £4500 rent for his premises up­front, cov­er­ing the full year.

How­ever 2015 is the first time he has not been able to do that and is hav­ing to pay month by month.

He said a com­bi­na­tion of a drop in num­bers of peo­ple at­tend­ing and a lack of home shows are to blame for the cur­rent bleak sit­u­a­tion.

He said: “Usu­ally we hold four shows a year, and they’ve been sells out, but this sea­son we only man­aged three shows and that is a big blow.

“We’re not get­ting the num­bers through the doors any­more ei­ther, it’s re­ally quiet.

“We charge four pounds a ses­sion and with the num­bers com­ing just now we only clear about £150 a week. Eight months ago we use to clear £400 a week.”

The gym has a rep­u­ta­tion for help­ing to de­velop young tal­ent, and many young­sters who started out at the gym have gone on to win na­tional ti­tles.

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly has at­tended box­ing shows held by the club.

He said it would be a “mas­sive loss” to the com­mu­nity, adding: “They have brought in a lot of young peo­ple and got them in­volved in box­ing and keep­ing fit which is very pos­i­tive. They are mak­ing a huge con­tri­bu­tion and I know Archie has made a huge per­sonal com­mit­ment to the club.”

Chief oper­a­tions of­fi­cer of Box­ing Scot­land Fraser Wil­son said he was un­aware of the sit­u­a­tion but added: “Box­ing clubs are im­por­tant as they have an im­pact in the com­mu­ni­ties they are based.”

Archie added: “Ev­ery­one con­nected with the club are ap­proach­ing all the busi­nesses we can. This is the first time I’ve asked peo­ple for help.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing Durie’s can con­tact Archie on 07590515576.

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