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Members of Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club are celebrating a move to a new, larger, better equipped gym from which to continue their successes in the ring across Scotland.
The new base, in the former Breckenridge premises at Annat Point Estate in Corpac,h is the third location for the club in its 12-year history, each move allowing them to develop further, offer more places and build its formidable reputation for producing skilled and talented boxers.
From its first year of operation it has been able to boast several Scottish champions at all age levels, recently adding a further accolade with Lochaber’s first female champion.
Over the years the club has also supplied has also provided several members of the Scotland National Squad who have represented the country in major international competitions.
Numbers regularly attending training sessions have been growing steadily, outgrowing the space available in the last gym on the Ben Nevis Estate, although without limiting the standards being achieved.
The move has allowed the floorspace to be planned and laid out for the most efficient use of space for various aspects of work, circuit training especially now offering much more variety and room to participate than before.
Despite extensive modifications, redecoration and installation of equipment in the new building, club operations were only interrupted for one week and trying was quickly resumed as two young boxers, Josh Hunter and Josh Dieguno prepare for bouts in The Schoolboys and Juniors Scottish Open Championships in Motherwell this weekend, with good prospects of returning with medals.
Chairman, Iain Ferguson, said: ‘The new gym is already a big hit with everyone and thanks to some very hard work from the coaches, looks absolutely fantastic. Thanks also to several local businesses and other club members who helped in transforming an empty shell into what it is now.
‘There is much more space and better facilities, especially for our the growing numbers of female members, along with a tremendous enthusiasm, busier sessions for all age groups and some great talent coming forward. We also have more coaches than ever before, ready to guide and develop this.’
Training sessions are held every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with Juniors from 5.30pm and Senior from 6.45pm. More details can be found on the club Facebook page.
In their smart new tracksuits for smart new surroundings, are club coaches, from left, Vince Lopez, Adam Watson, Emma Lauder, Kevin Kennedy, Stephen Mcmanus (Club Working Official) and Aiden Donnelly. Photograph: Johnpaul Peebles, Abrightside Photography.
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