Boxing club finally finds a new home

Eastwood Victory Boxing Club
Eastwood Victory Boxing Club

A boxing club in Eastwood has done up a delapidated building to continue its coaching after struggling to find a new home.

Members of the club have given the Old Pottery building behind Plumptre Hall a massive makeover following the closure of the Victory Club, which was their home for 14 years.

Eastwood Victory Boxing Club struggled to find a suitable meeting place since the closure and called on the help of Eastwood town councillors.

Coun Marsters, who approached the owner of the Old Pottery in Church Street for them, said: “I’m so impressed with what they have achieved. When I first went to look around there was no electrics, no plumbing and it was dark and damp. But once the guys visited they saw the potential and it is now unrecognisable. It’s a great story of success over adversity.”

The renovation has taken 100 volunteer hours and has seen members, family and friends all pitch in to help.

The floor has been levelled, the walls have been plastered, the electrics re-wired, new toilets put in and much more.

Club chairman Chris Harpin said he felt proud.

“The club is going from strength to strength. Together we’ve worked a lot of weekends on the building project and I want to thank all involved.”

The newly done-up pottery building was officially opened by Coun Keith Longdon on August 9, and a promotion day is being held with the Broxtowe Mayor on September 24 between 10am and 2pm for new members.

Keith said: “The group have done a remarkable job.”

The club was given a grant of £1,500 from Broxtowe Borough Council. Coun Marsters said she wants to get the club charity status to get funding to possibily buy the building.