A £10,000 council grant has helped a north Bransholme boxing club move a step closer to being “one of the best centres in the north east.”
The Paul Ingle Boxing Academy, in Snowdon Way, received the cash boost as part of the council leader Stephen Brady’s annual budget.
The academy, which is also set to unveil its new café in the coming weeks, has used the grant to repair its roof.
Sonny Pollard, academy director, said the recent developments at the centre were “the tip of the iceberg” for the long-term vision of the gym.
“I think we can turn this place into one of the best boxing gyms and facilities in the north east of England,” he said.
“Getting the support of the community was so important to us. There are problems in the estate like there are nationwide, and we want to give kids in Bransholme a positive path to follow, and to keep them away from the police.
“The idea is to give the young people of north Bransholme somewhere to come and socialise, and we also want to attract families too.”
The boxing academy, which set up its home in the former Dales Fitness Centre, could see as much as £800,000 invested into it by the time plans are completed.
A community café is set to open in the next few weeks, and work is well underway on laying a new floor down in the main hall.
Mr Pollard said a massive thank you also needed to go to Hull city councillor Anita Harrison, who had supported the club from the beginning. He said: “To get all of this over the line, she really has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the club.
“We would also like to say a massive thank you to Cllr Brady . Without this support we would not have the momentum we have got to push forward.
“The whole council has been a massive help to us to get this off the ground, and we think we can create something which is really positive for the community.”
The academy last year won an award with building merchants Jewson, and a team of volunteers are currently working hard to lay the new flooring down in the main hall.
Mr Pollard said the new flooring would be completed in the coming weeks, with the café following shortly after.
The director said the club was still on the lookout for a number of local sponsors, and said he was confident the centre could become one of the best of its kind in the area.
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