Monday, July 14: Grant for club

PUBLISHED: 22:00 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Amateur Boxing Club has been given a £1,500 cash-boost to train more coaches, expand the club and ensure the latest health and safety procedures. The funding has been awarded by former mayor Councillor Eileen Wragg from Devon County Council's East

EXMOUTH Amateur Boxing Club has been given a £1,500 cash-boost to train more coaches, expand the club and ensure the latest health and safety procedures.The funding has been awarded by former mayor Councillor Eileen Wragg from Devon County Council's East Devon committee budget.Amateur boxing is undergoing a boom time, with a record number of hopefuls qualifying for the Beijing Olympics, Britain's world amateur champion is Frankie Gavin and youngsters are flocking to club's all over the country - and even some schools are reintroducing the sport.And, with three more coaches being trained, the club will now be able to run more sessions than the current three nights per week.The club has almost 35 boxers, aged 10 and up, of both sexes, on its books currently - but the number is growing and more coaches will enable the club to train more young people.Coaches need to pass a comprehensive Amateur Boxing Association-approved course to become a fully fledged coach.Head coach Phil Crook said: "The public know us for the sell-out boxing shows that we stage in November and March, that are always exciting."However, to get to the level where someone is ready to compete takes months and months of intensive coaching and physical training. "Boxing is going through a real boom time at the moment and it's important that we have qualified coaches to meet the demand. "The ABA is a very welcoming organisation with a scheme for recreational boxers. So, if someone doesn't want to compete, they can still enjoy the training.

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