By Rob George 13/04 Updated: 16/04 09:33
DROITWICH’s MP Peter Luff joined local dignitaries to celebrate the news £50,000 had been handed to the town’s Amateur Boxing Club’s bid for a new home.
Teenagers and club coaches welcomed visitors into the Kidderminster Road venue to mark the cash grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
The grants are part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme which aims to bring the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.
Droitwich Amateur Boxing Club is one of 350 local community sports groups who have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding through the fund.
The cash will go towards the estimated £225,000 needed to build a new venue on a site next to the town’s leisure centre which has been offered to the club on 25-year lease by Wychavon District Council.
And Wychavon could deliver a further boost on Tuesday (April 17) when councillors meet to discuss plans for a £100,000 loan to help the club achieve their dreams.
Droitwich Amateur Boxing Club was founded in 1977 and has operated from its current site on Kidderminster Road since 1983.
Around 200 teenagers and young people attend the club on a regular basis and club secretary Chris Andrews said the grant was vital to help their bid for a new venue.
“We are delighted to secure the first Inspired Facilities grant, which will enable us to upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our boxing coaches.
“It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy,” Mr Andrews added.
Mr Luff said: “The current venue in Kidderminster Road is on its last legs, and although it achieves great things for the young
men and women who use it, we must get the club to the new home available for it at King George’s Fields.
“This money will really help, but the club still needs a good deal more to make the dream come true,” he added.
Sport England chairman Richard Lewis, said: “This investment will create will be a fantastic sporting legacy for Droitwich.
“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Worcestershire. It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community,” he added.
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