Oxford

Berinsfield Boxing Club given expansion grant

A boxing club in south Oxfordshire has been awarded more than £200,000 by the district council to become a centre of excellence.

Building work starts next week on a new £350,000 extension at the Berinsfield Boxing Club, which will double the size of the existing facilities.

It will include a training area, a club office, enhanced changing facilities and a young persons recreation zone.

The expansion project is expected to be completed by next year.

'Hard journey'

Several other organisations have contributed towards the cost of the extension, including £50,000 from the Amateur Boxing Association of England, £50,000 from Oxfordshire County Council's Youth Opportunity Fund and £40,000 from the Robin Greaves Sports Foundation.

The club is open for amateur boxing sessions for anyone aged between nine and 40 years old.

Rodney Mann, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for grants, said: "The council is committed to helping promote fitness and healthy lifestyles and so fully support this excellent project.

"Berinsfield boxing club has wanted to expand the facilities for many years and so I am very pleased our award of £206,230, along with the other funding they have secured, will help them achieve this ambition."

Mel Corrigan, from Berinsfield Boxing Club, said: "Its been a long, hard journey for us - but it's all been worth it."

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