New boxing club opens its doors

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A boxing club will open its doors tomorrow - a year after youths in Whitby said they wanted to set one up.

The official opening will be from 11am at the club’s base at the Scout Hut on Spring Hill.

Former featherweight boxer Paul Ingle, from Scarborough and Amanda Coulson, a member of the GB boxing team will be there.

The club has been set up in conjunction with Whitby police after Whitby PCSO Lynne Butler asked youngsters on the streets what they would like to do that was affordable.

She then started working with other people in the town and eventually managed to access funding from Sport England and the National Lottery to get the project off the ground.

It will be open three nights a week for 11-25 year-olds for the first eight weeks and after that the club will widen its age range for nine and ten year-olds too.

Training sessions will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings and cost just £1 per person.

The first session of the night is from 6pm-7pm and is for 11-14s.

A second session from 7.15pm-8.15pm will be for 15-25 year-olds.

The club encourages both male and females to come and join in. Registration forms will need to be completed and signed by a parent or guardian for anyone under 18.

Lynne Butler said: “I am delighted at the funding which we have managed to secure and for the enthusiasm and work of all the volunteers who have helped bring this club into existence.

“A lot of interest has already been voiced by the young persons of Whitby.”