Boxers in and around Gilfach Goch are heading into round two after a south Wales renewable energy company stepped in to provide vital funds after the club was forced to shut a year and a half ago. Gilfach Goch Amateur Boxing Club was forced to close after weather damaged the roof during October of 2014 but thanks to a cash injection of £25,000 from Pennant Walters, the club is now up and running.
The club, which has been running for over 40 years, is very much a community hub and regularly trains 15 people of school age whilst ten seniors also use the facilities. When the club was forced to close at the end of last year it resulted in future boxing stars having to source alternative training venues across the valleys, whilst others gave up the sport entirely.
It is hoped that with the reopening of the facility keen boxers will once again weigh-in at Gilfach Goch to roll with the punches and come out on top.
Gilfach Goch Amateur Boxing Club committee member Phil Parry explains:
“For many years now we have provided a central community facility for keen boxers to use and from it we have trained champion boxers. After the terrible storms of 2014 blew the roof off, we were forced to close as we simply didn’t have the funds to carry out the repairs – we were devastated.
“Pennant Walters really have thrown us a lifeline. The funding has not only allowed us to complete the roof repairs but we have given the club a makeover – a new floor, suspended ceiling and new equipment – and now we are fighting fit!”