Pick a champ and win £200

Emma Lawrie with her partner and fellow coach Aidan Donnelly, invite people to pick a famous boxer with the chance to win £200. Photogroph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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Like most sports organisations, Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club has been totally shut down since the start of the COVID-19 restrictions, which has also meant no income from their activities.

To counter this the club has launched a scratch card featuring the names of famous boxing champions with the chance to win £200 if you happen to pick the big hitter concealed under the silver panel.

Forty big hitting names from Muhammad Ali to Amir Khan and Anthony Joshua to undefeated female boxer, Nicola Adams, can be chosen for a stake of just £10.

The club had just moved into its bright new gym on the Annat Industrial Estate in Corpach before the lockdown measures were introduced, spending a considerable amount of its funds on refurbishing and re-equipping the new premises.

Over the past few months, with training sessions cancelled, the club has had no income and has also been hit by the cancellation of its Home Show, which was due to be held in the Nevis Centre in early April.

The club usually organises two shows per year, both of which are usually sell-outs, and are the main sources of finance for the club, not only to support its activities, but also to make sure costs to members are kept low and trips outside of Lochaber are fully funded.

Coach Aidan Donnelly, said: ‘There is a great source of boxing talent in Lochaber which is evident from the number of champions we have had since our first year.

‘We must be one of the smallest clubs in Scotland and, as most of the others are located in urban areas, also the one which has to travel the farthest and most often to ensure our members, from age nine upwards get the best opportunities to learn and compete.

‘Hopefully the scratch card will be sell-out to help us through these difficult times.’

Details of how to purchase a scratch card are on the club’s Facebook page with the proceeds split 50/50.