Boxing in Winchester ready for a new bout

Press Release: 17/05/2013

Boxing in Winchester

Seconds out, round two: boxing is set for a knock-out future in Winchester.

Winchester Amateur Boxing Club has re-opened its doors at the Garrison Ground Pavilion in Bar End Road, Winchester, with new owners and a complete refurbishment supported by Winchester City Council.

Great Britain finished the London 2012 Olympic and Paralmypic Games ranked first in the medal table for boxing and the sport will now benefit from legacy investment of £5.8m to boost the 140,000 people who already pull on gloves each week.

Club Chairman Pawel Swat says:

We have worked extremely hard to get the club set up and ready to operate and now the doors are open it is the best part. We want to operate as a warm and friendly club attracting new members from all over Winchester, so please come down, get to know us and get involved in the sessions!

The club will be open three days a week Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays offering sessions for juniors at £3, adults at £5 and boxing fitness at £7.

The club is also looking to develop further opportunities in the future for health and fitness, female-only sessions and sessions for people with disabilities. For more information visit www.facebook.com/winchesteramateurboxingclub.

Cllr Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council, whose Portfolio includes Sport and Physical Activity, said:

Winchester has a number of fantastic clubs that represent many of the Olympic sports. We have recently seen a new goalball club arrive in Winchester and now boxing. Sport is going from strength to strength locally. Winchester’s involvement in sport is a credit to all the volunteers and club officials who help this happen at a local level.

The club will also look to benefit from a new City Council Legacy Sports Grants Scheme which offers local sports clubs the opportunity to apply for funding in a wide range of criteria. Clubs can access up to £500 from two funding rounds ending on the 30 June and 31 October 2013.

Stuart Barlow, Chair of the Winchester District Sport and Physical Activity Alliance, said:

We are delighted as an SPAA to be involved in the Legacy Sports Grants Scheme to offer advice, guidance and support on bids from local sports clubs and help maximise the impact of the City Council’s funding. The £500 grants will really make a difference on the ground and I am looking forward to seeing the impact. I urge clubs to apply as soon as possible.

For more information on Sports Development opportunities, including funding and club development please contact sport@winchester.gov.uk or call 01962 848532.