DONCASTER’S boxing fans already have plenty to celebrate.
And now there is even more for them to smile about after the town’s newest club was opened by mayor Peter Davies.
A week ago, fighter Jamie McDonnell, aged 25, was celebrating after he won the British bantamweight title when he beat Stuart Hall at the Doncaster Dome.
It means he now holds the British, Commonwealth and European titles. He is Doncaster’s first European champion since Bruce Woodcock, 50 years ago.
Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, gave his seal approval to the new South Area Boxing Club in Rossington, giving the sport another boost.
The new centre is based in the Holmescarr Centre and was set up after a pilot project run at the Poacher pub in the village was a deemed to be a success. The boxing centre has received support from a number of organisations including Doncaster Council, St Leger Homes of Doncaster, the Radburn Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, the Rossington Development Trust.
It has also provided valuable work experience for unpaid workers from Moorlands prison, apprentices from St Leger Homes and people from Doncaster Council’s youth inclusion programme.
The centre is intended to provide youngsters with an alternative to getting into trouble, as well as keeping them healthy, getting them fit, and teach skills, focus and discipline.
If they show potential they will be given the chance to compete.
Mayor Davies said: “Thanks to everyone who has made the South Area Boxing Club a reality.’’
Head coach at the centre, Dave Croft, said: “We are just starting this club and have received so much support.’’