Boxers looking to bag funds to save their Immingham gym
A GYM is appealing for funds to help with its long-term goal of producing Immingham's first ever professional boxer.
Immingham Amateur Boxing Club is run by volunteer coaches and was set up to provide a positive activity for residents of the town.
They moved to their new home on Washdyke Lane a year and a half ago and already have three boxers licensed to fight with the Amateur Boxing Association.
However, the community organisation is struggling to find the £900 per month needed to keep the gym running – despite being staffed by unpaid volunteers.
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Members are now appealing for funding so that they can look to the future.
George Lamberton, assistant coach, said: "This town has never had a well-known professional boxer and our ultimate aim is to produce one that Immingham can be proud of.
"To do that, we need to get young people through the doors and we are starting to do that, but we need to continue investing in them.
"We have spent the last year-and-a-half getting on our feet and now we need to start building something for the future."
Professional hopeful Jake Galley, 9, of Wooton, said: "All I want is to box professionally and I train every day on the punch bag at my house, but the coaching is essential.
"They have already taught me so much about my stance and movement."
Young boxer Luke Dobbs, 15, of Talbot Road, who has had three fights so far, said that having a gym locally is vital for his training.
"You need to train five times a week and you can't always do that when you are young if you are having to travel to other towns," he said.
The club is holding a Halloween party for children to raise funds from 5pm until 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 31. For more information on the club, call George Lamberton on 07401 386032.