Life­line grant for Clay­mores

The Oban Times - - Sport -

YOUNG BOX­ERS in Lochaber have been thrown a life­line grant af­ter fears the club would have to close. Martin Gle­nesk, head coach with Kin­lochleven’s Clay­mores box­ing club, suf­fered a stroke last year and spent four months in hos­pi­tal leav­ing other com­mit­tee mem­bers strug­gling to raise rental costs.

But the ro­tary club of Lochaber has agreed to fund the short­fall for the suc­cess­ful club to al­low the am­a­teur box­ers to train and com­pete.

Terry Lee, ro­tary pres­i­dent, said: ‘ We had no hes­i­ta­tion in agree­ing to fill this fi­nan­cial gap and to sup­port the box­ing club. We are par­tic­u­larly keen on pro­mot­ing in­clu­sive sport, en­ter­prise and healthy ac­tiv­i­ties and, know­ing that the club in­cludes girls and dis­abled chil­dren among its mem­bers, fit­ted our own cri­te­ria for fund­ing.

‘Most of our fundrais­ing comes from the great Lochaber public and this is a fit­ting use for their do­na­tions. We wish Martin a speedy re­cov­ery and a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the club.’

So­phie Leatherbar­row, Clay­mores sec­re­tary, wel­comed the help: ‘A big thanks to the ro­tary club for this grant and for agree­ing it so quickly. It is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

‘ We have a num­ber of ini­tia­tives planned to raise in­come and raise aware­ness of all the club can of­fer. How­ever, these will take time, and we need fi­nan­cial sup­port to bridge the gap in the mean­time. Many of our mem­bers are ju­niors and young adults who might oth­er­wise spend their time sit­ting in front of the tele­vi­sion or play­ing on games con­soles.

‘We keep them ac­tive in body and soul as we try to teach them the ben­e­fits of a healthy and nu­tri­tious diet along­side the phys­i­cal and men­tal dis­ci­pline de­manded by the sport.’

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