Lifeline grant for Claymores
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.’