Plant club ‘knocked out’ by cash boost

Boxing clever: Plant Works ABC members, from left:  Ryan Boyle, Jake Goodwin, Nathan Rodger and Reece Mould.
Boxing clever: Plant Works ABC members, from left: Ryan Boyle, Jake Goodwin, Nathan Rodger and Reece Mould.
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DONCASTER Plant Works’ Amateur Boxing Club were ‘knocked out’ to receive a grant of almost £1,000 from the Doncaster New Deal for Communities.

The money will be used to replace worn sparring gloves, punch balls and skipping ropes.

“The grant is a fantastic godsend which we are delighted to receive,” said head coach Ken Blood.

“NDC has always supported the club, helping us to fund equipment and refurbish the premises three or four times in the past.

“This is especially important as the club is entirely run by volunteers and the cash injection gives us a bit of breathing space in what can be financially difficult times.

“The new equipment, particularly the sparring gloves, are essential for us as older pairs get worn out easily and need replacing 12 to 18 months for safety reasons as older gloves hurt your knuckles.”

Ken said the extra equipment will ensure the long-established club continues to thrive.

He said: “We have about 20 juniors, 28 ABA registered adults and more than 15 people who love to come and spar and train with us in the gym.

“We have some youngsters, aged 12 or 13, that are really good for their age and if they work hard they will blossom.

“We are one of the best amateur boxing clubs in the country, but we couldn’t nurture this talent without the financial help of organisations such as NDC. We are really grateful.”

The club were one of 21 local organisations to share £22,000 of funding.