New gym com­ing to Bath

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

A Bath box­ing coach is hop­ing to bring the sport’s glory days back to the city with his new ven­ture. Dar­ren Sul­li­van, a vet­eran coach on the lo­cal scene who has been work­ing with Bris­tol-based Paddy John’s Gym most re­cently, is open­ing his own gym at Bath Sports & Leisure Cen­tre on North Pa­rade. The Ro­man Box­ing Gym will be hold­ing its in­au­gu­ral meet­ing this Satur­day with an open day run­ning from 2-4pm. He will be joined by spe­cial guest Joe Hughes, the Bath-born pugilist who cur­rently holds the EBU Euro­pean Su­per Light­weight Cham­pi­onship. “It has al­ways been an am­bi­tion of mine to open my own gym,” Sul­li­van said. “I would like to take my own box­ers all the way through from am­a­teur to pro­fes­sional level. “I chose Bath as the lo­ca­tion as I boxed in Bath for Percy Boy’s Box­ing Club in my youth up to the age of 29 years. My fa­ther, grand­fa­ther and un­cles all boxed for this club be­fore and I would like Bath to be re­turned to a force in box­ing as it used to be.” With the sports cen­tre’s re­cent re­vamp, Sul­li­van is ex­cited at the long-awaited prospect of open­ing his own club. “Af­ter years of hard work and many dis­ap­point­ments we are fi­nally in a po­si­tion to open a club in a fan­tas­tic venue,” he said. “The Bath Sports and Leisure Cen­tre is the ideal lo­ca­tion be­ing cen­tral to Bath, just five min­utes’ walk from the train and bus sta­tions. There are also chang­ing and shower fa­cil­i­ties, plenty of park­ing [pay and dis­play], a café that is handy for par­ents wait­ing to pick up, a fit­ness gym, bowl­ing, swim­ming, tram­polin­ing and more.” Any­one over the age of eight is wel­comed to at­tend the gym, and what­ever their ex­pe­ri­ence they will be in good hands. Sul­li­van said: “As many of you know, I cur­rently coach at Paddy John’s in Bris­tol and will still be very much in­volved with that club. “I have been an am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional coach with Paddy Johns gym for seven years, prior to that I had been coach­ing at Frome Box­ing Club since 2004. “I have been a West­ern Coun­ties se­nior coach and the re­gional coach match­maker to the Bris­tol Sport­ing Club shows, which in­volved match­mak­ing against the British Army and the Royal Navy teams and in­cluded tak­ing the re­gional box­ing team on sev­eral trips to Guernsey am­a­teur shows.” Af­ter the open day, ses­sions will take place on Wednes­day and Fri­day evenings from 5.30pm.to find out more visit face­book.com/ Ro­man­box­ing­gym.

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