The Drumchapel club were unexpectedly evicted from St Mark’s Church, where the club had been based for over a decade, in August due to health and safety concerns – just as the new season was getting underway.
However the club, which was set-up in 1973, were able to overcome the potentially disastrous set back by re-establishing themselves at the aptly named Phoenix Centre.
The Gold medallists produced by the club this season include an Open national champion at all age categories, with Elite Featherweight Champion Peter Paton, younger brother Patrick Paton, who won the Boxing Scotland Youth 60kg Gold medal, Kenzie Moir winning the Junior 60kg title and Gregor Hall being victorious in the Schools 2008 50kg category.
Argo Head Coach Eddie Wilkie said: “For a wee club like the Argo Boxing Club to come from a deprived area like Drumchapel, the success it’s achieved is amazing, especially when we’ve not got our own gym.
“We entered boys into recent championships, and we came away with eight gold medals and two silver medals.
“I’m just dead proud of them all. I’m so proud of the hard work the boys put in and the success they’ve all achieved.
“I love seeing the boys growing and getting more confident, getting a bit of structure into their lives, becoming positive adults.
“I think it’s a lifeline for them. It stops them from getting into trouble, it gives them a bit of discipline, and it gives them a purpose.
“In Drumchapel, there’s not really much for them to do, so that’s their main focus and I think that’s why they do so well, and it gets them connected with other like-minded youths that want to better themselves. They love it.”
In the past few weeks the club have had three boxers represent Scotland – with Peter Paton boxing at the GB Elite Championships in Cardiff, Patrick Paton winning a Bronze medal at the Gergely Bornemissza Boxing Tournament in Hungary and Gregor Hall also winning a Bronze medal at the GB Schools Championships in Dundee.
Eddie said: “It’s massive achievements – especially coming from the area they do and to be representing their country.”