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Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Jane Welsh and Alex Arthur MBE the former British, European, Commonwealth and WBO Super Featherweight Champion officially opened the extension to Poseidon Boxing Club at the Ageas Bowl.
The Council’s Hedge End, West End & Botley Local Area Committee (LAC) contributed £360,000 to enable the extension of the hugely successful Poseidon Boxing Club to be developed. These state-of-the-art training facilities will enable the club to offer a safe and effective learning environment for those wishing to get involved in boxing. The facility has tripled in size and will house three boxing rings along with associated fitness equipment and an area for community groups. The English Amateur Boxing Association is supporting the initiative and it is planned that it can develop into a regional boxing centre.
Poseidon is leading the way in inclusive boxing having already hosted and run workshops for disabled participants in partnership with Coaching Hampshire and Isle of Wight and The Amateur Boxing Association (England). The extension would also allow more space for wheelchair access.
Chair of the LAC Cllr Rupert Kyrle said,”The project is part of the Council’s priority of developing “a healthy community; active and lively with a spirit of togetherness, health and wellbeing”. These fantastic facilities will also benefit local sporting groups who could relocate to this venue, along with local athletes and local coaches. These are exciting times and I am sure that the Poseidon club together with other future projects will help to inspire local people to enjoy and or participate in a range of sport and leisure activities.”
Former Great Britain boxer and Poseidon Boxing Club Chairman, Lucy O’Connor said, "Since opening in February 2013 Poseidon Boxing Club has been a phenomenal success. It now has around 550 members many of whom try to attend training more than once per week. These new facilities will allow Poseidon to increase the total club membership to around 1600 and in addition, it will help us to increase the number of sessions we run in the community.”
Alex Arthur MBE said "It's an absolute privilege to be invited to the launch of this remarkable new facility. I have seen first hand that boxing changes lives, it brings young men and now women off the streets and gives them focus and direction. It's great to see local councils recognising these benefits and investing in them."
For more information about Poseidon Amateur Boxing Club visit www.poseidonabc.co.uk
Photo caption - Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Jane Welsh with Alex Arthur MBE and Lucy O'Connor, Chairman of Poseidon Boxing Club