Double boost for boxing club

By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 23 September 2013 Updated: 03/10 17:22

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Buy photos » The Amateur Boxing Association of England’s Daniel Allen (centre) congratulates members of Droitwich Spa Amateur Boxing Club on their Clubmark status (left to right): Mikey O’Toole, trustee and coach Beth Trueman, coach Jeff Adams and Sian O’Toole. (s)

REPRESENTATIVES from Droitwich Spa Amateur Boxing Club (DSABC) are as pleased as punch to gain a significant sporting accreditation in the run-up to the unveiling of their impressive new headquarters.

The club has achieved Clubmark status from Sport England through the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE), with the award coming just weeks before the doors open at its superb gymnasium facilities at King George’s playing fields, just behind Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre.

To gain the accreditation, club officials had to compile a portfolio of documentation detailing its competency in several key areas of development, including its activities and coaching standards; duty of care and welfare; its role within the community and management processes.

Club Secretary Chris Andrews said: "Clubmark demonstrated that DSABC operated to certain standards and principles - a development that would provide members, the parents of youngsters thinking about taking up the sport, schools, and potential investors with the confidence that they are associated with a respectable, well-run organisation.

"Achieving Clubmark status at the same time as we move into our new state-of-the-art gymnasium gives public recognition to the high standards of practice achieved by the club.

“It places the club in the front rank of sporting organisations and shows that our policies, practices and coaching standards, particularly in relation to children and young people, are of the highest.

“We are changing our name to 'Droitwich Amateur Boxing Academy' to more accurately reflect the work we do with schools and special needs individuals/groups, and we have also been successful in becoming a Registered Charity, so it feels like a new era is opening up with the club going from strength-to-strength."

Due to open shortly, the club’s new home will provide facilities for amateur boxing and boxing-fitness training and will be a far cry from the prefabricated building on the canal side at Kidderminster Road that has been its base for the past 30 years.

The spacious surroundings will feature two competition-sized rings, a weight training area, separate male and female changing rooms with showers, and facilities for disabled people.

“Following the success of Amateur Boxing at the London Olympics there has been a surge of interest in the sport, particularly by women and girls, and also by schools,” said Daniel Allen, Boxing Development Officer from the Amateur Boxing Association of England.

“The development of clubs that encourage people to take-up the sport, improve their talents, achieve healthy levels of fitness, and offer opportunities to maintain life-long participation, is an essential part of supporting the sporting infrastructure and of promoting more healthier lifestyles.

“Sport England and the ABAE recognise and value the commitment made by clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for all participants.

“Droitwich Spa Amateur Boxing Club has demonstrated this commitment and we are delighted to award the Clubmark at such an exciting time in its history with its new headquarters about to open and provide the town with a fantastic community resource.”

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