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Attleborough boxers look to big future

PUBLISHED: 12:11 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:06 14 July 2010

A volunteer-run boxing club in Attleborough has more than doubled its membership in just one month after moving into new premises.

It's "seconds out" for a bright future for Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club which now has more than 80 active boxers after its new gym opened on July 1.

A volunteer-run boxing club in Attleborough has more than doubled its membership in just one month after moving into new premises.

It's “seconds out” for a bright future for Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club which now has more than 80 active boxers after its new gym opened on July 1.

Chairman Jeremy Burton told the Mercury: “We've been looking for six months for premises, which was difficult because we needed a big site. It's been a real juggling act.”

The club was formed in January this year, training twice a week at Attleborough High School, where it was forced to fit around the academic year and shut down during holidays.

Eventually the club found an old kitchen and bathroom centre at Wood Farm on Deopham Road in the town, which was converted with help from the local community.

Mr Burton added: “We've done it on a shoestring. Different people have piled in and done different work. We had to strip the whole place out. It took six weeks to get it all together.”

He said that even the club's mirrors were found second-hand on eBay.

Much of the actual boxing equipment was purchased new, thanks to a £5,000 grant from the National Lottery Fund.

Since the new gym opened its doors, membership has more than doubled.

“We're getting up to a point where we're getting up to our limits. Putting more sessions on will be our next task,” added Mr Burton. “The idea is to keep the people off the street, give them a healthy activity and do something for the town.”

“The ladies session is very well subscribed, we'll probably have to extend that to two sessions.”

The club is open every day except Friday, and details of classes can be found on the club's website at www.attleboroughamateurboxingclub.co.uk or by calling 07770 886732.

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