Sheddocksley Boxing Club have said it was a “massive relief” to receive funding from the Anthony Joshua Fund.
The Aberdeen based club were one of 10 affiliated Boxing Scotland members to receive a grant of between £500-£2,000 from the one-off Fund.
The 2012 Olympic Gold medalist provided a donation to Boxing Scotland, in addition to Boxing Governing Bodies in England and Wales, to help clubs survive amid the ongoing pandemic.
An agreement was in place with the reigning World Heavyweight Champion that all funding was ring-fenced and that 100% of the money would go to the clubs in greatest need of support.
“It is a massive relief for us,” said Sheddocksley Boxing Club Head Coach Jamie Cain.
“The money is absolutely huge for us and we were so happy to receive it.
“It is amazing that Anthony Joshua is looking back at grass roots level boxing and helping out the smaller clubs.
“As we have only been open for a few years we have not had that much help.
“We had one big sponsor at the very start who bought our kits which was a real help.
“Apart from that it was just getting door fees when kids train at night but that was going towards their travelling for sparring and tournament entries.
“As we weren’t taking anyone in over the last year due to the pandemic we weren’t taking any money.”
The AJ Fund received applications valued at more than four times the amount that was available to distribute, which meant that unfortunately it was not possible for every club who applied to receive funding.
A three-person panel was appointed to allocate the funds which consisted of a Boxing Scotland member of staff, a member of the Boxing Scotland Board of Directors, and a member from sportscotland.
Also receiving funding were; Bannockburn Boxing Club, Declaration 1320 Boxing Club, Forsyths Boxing Club, Highland Boxing Academy, Inverurie Boxing Club, Kingswells Boxing Club, Linwood Boxing Club, Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club and Newarthill Boxing Club.
As Sheddocksley had only formed in 2018, the club did not have huge reserves, which left them particularly vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic and no boxing activity.
However, despite being relatively new, the club have already made an impact within Boxing Scotland, taking three medals at the most recent Scottish Championships, with Leo Jamieson winning Gold and Kai Middleton and Ashton Harper both taking Silver.
“We have had real success in the last two years and have more than 20 registered boxers that have been fighting which is fantastic in that period of time,” Jamie added.
“Although it was early stages and they had only been boxing for six months we secured two silvers and a gold.
“The kid that secured the gold had only been fighting for six months and has three golds, six fights, six wins and is into the Scotland team.
“We are really proud of all our boxers.”