Durie’s saved

Box­ing club that was on ropes beats the count

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Hen­shaw

A pop­u­lar Ruther­glen box­ing club has been saved from clo­sure thanks to a big­hearted woman - and a lit­tle help from the Re­former.

Last week we re­ported that Durie’s Box­ing Club, who have over 200 mem­bers on their books, were in se­vere fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty.

Coach Archie Durie had started writ­ing to busi­nesses to try and se­cure spon­sor­ship to save the club, which teetered on the brink over just a cou­ple of thou­sand pounds.

How­ever, af­ter spot­ting the ar­ti­cle on the Re­former’s web­site Anne Armstrong, who runs Doon­hamers ABC in Dumfries, stepped up to help.

She of­fered Durie’s £2000 to pay their rent for the re­main­der of the year.

Archie, who runs the Hill­house In­dus­trial Es­tate Club in Ruther­glen, said: “I’d like to thank Anne from the bot­tom of my heart. I am so grate­ful for ev­ery­thing she has done for the

club. She has given us se­cu­rity for the year.

“We still have fi­nan­cial prob­lems but it is such a help to get that money and se­cure our rent for the re­main­der of the year.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one at the club for help­ing out in our time of need. I’d like to thank the Re­former for do­ing the story and for cov­er­ing us over all these years.”

In pre­vi­ous years Archie had paid the £4500 rent for his premises up front, cov­er­ing the full year.

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 is to blame for the cur­rent bleak sit­u­a­tion.

But now Anne (45), who owns AA fit­ness where Doon­hamers ABC op­er­ate out of, has se­cured the club’s premises till the end of 2015.

Anne and Archie are both in­ter­na­tional coaches with Box­ing Scot­land and have trav­elled with the Scot­land squad to­gether.

Anne said it all came about af­ter some­one shared the Re­former story on her Face­book page: “I saw it and phoned him straight away. My mum has al­ways be­lieved in help­ing peo­ple and that’s why I want to give some­thing back.

“I’ve been suc­cess­ful in busi­ness and if I can give some­thing back I will.

“I’ve known Archie for years. He’s got a crack­ing club with ter­rific box­ers. He’s a great guy and al­ways puts his club first. That’s why I wanted to help him.”

Archie added: “What Anne has done for us is tremen­dous but we’re still look­ing for spon­sor­ship and we would ap­pre­ci­ate any­one who can help us get­ting in con­tact.”

Any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact Archie on 07590 515 576.

RES­CUED Box clever Archie Durie and his club mem­bers celebrate their re­prieve

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