BOSSES of a popular boxing club say they have not been knocked out by a recent change of venue.
The future of Horsley Hill Amateur Boxing Club was in doubt when Horsley Hill Community Centre in South Shields was earmarked for demolition.
Coaches started looking for a new home, with Brinkburn Community Centre put forward as an option.
Now, after months of work, the club is back on track with a new gym in the building in McAnany Avenue, and a new name – South Shields ABC (Amateur Boxing Club).
The ladies’ boxercise sessions led by Hayley Winter and Danielle Roberts will also be run from Brinkburn.
Coach Alex Barr said: “After a lot of hard work by both ourselves and the council, we have put together a new gym. Everyone who has come from Horsley Hill to Brinkburn has been really impressed.
“We have also had some new members from the Harton area join us.
“We are really pleased with the outcome of the move, more so as some people thought it was going to the end of the club – but far from it.
“We’re going from strength to strength.
“However, we are still in close discussions with the council regarding our move back to Horsley Hill further down the road and the proposed plans for the new centre.”
Horsley Hill Community Centre in Marsden Road was closed to the public at the end of March after a £500,000 maintenance backlog led to the building being deemed as no longer “fit for purpose” by council chiefs.
The building will be demolished to make way for a new £1.6m community centre, which will also incorporate a pharmacy and GP surgery to replace existing services at Marsden Road Health Centre.
A rent office will also be housed in the building, which, once opened, will be managed by a trust, with the community having a say in the service that will be on offer there.
Funding for the venture will be provided by South Tyneside Council and the Primary Care Trust.
n Boxing sessions at Brinkburn are held Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm to 7pm for juniors and 7pm to 8pm for seniors. For more details, call the club on 07901 808 383.
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