A RIPLEY boxing club is celebrating this week after receiving a £10,000 funding bonus.
Ripley Amateur Boxing Club on Oxford Street has proved such a big hit with local youngsters, it has been awarded £5,000 grants by the big Lottery fund and Derbyshire County Council to keep running.
The news comes a year after it was revealed the popular club, now with 40 members, was close to closing due to a shortage of funding.
Head coach Andy Dables said the grants would have a big impact on the club.
He said: “That money will help us pay for some of our coaches, and could help towards new premises and new equipment.
“Also we want to have club Tee-shirts and shorts made - something for the kids to show off.”
The £5,000 of county council funding came courtesy of Ripley member Cllr David Bowley, who decided the club should be awarded monies from the authority’s now finished Community Priority Program.
Members were designated funds from the program to spend on community groups of their choice in their ward.
Cllr Bowley said: “You can easily see why the club is getting to be so popular with youngsters - it is getting them off the street so they’re not causing trouble.
“I think that is something worth supporting.”
Zoe Davies, 37, of Archer Street, Ilkeston, enjoyed taking her children to the club so much she took am Amateur Boxing Association regulated course and became one of the club’s coaches. She had never boxed before until both her 11-year-old daughter Megan, and son Sam, ten, joined up. She said: “We thought it weas a really good way fro them to keep fit - we saw what the club was doing with the kids, getting them off the street and teaching them about self respect.
“It keeps you so fit and we all just really enjoy it.”