We were delighted to welcome our most recent member club in January after Hands of Stone Boxing Club completed all of the necessary steps for affiliation.
The new club, which is based in Montrose, was subject to a successful club visitation from BSL North Region Development Officer Ben Holme and North District Secretary Norman Watt.
The club, which is based in the harbour area of the town, was set up by three local businessmen, Mike Holm (pictured), Graeme Sutton and Mark Stephen.
“There is huge potential in the town,” said Mike Holm, who will act as the club’s Head Coach.
“There are a lot of young people who have been interested in boxing, but they just didn’t have an outlet to train.
“I previously had a barber shop called Uppercut that was adorned with boxing memorabilia and everyone used to talk to me about boxing when they came in.
“So I know a lot of people who love the sport through that.
“We have just been going for a few weeks and we are already getting 20-25 people each night.”
Meanwhile Jacobite Boxing Club, which became affiliated to Boxing Scotland in September 2016, has successfully completed a move to a new bespoke boxing gym.
Head Coach Bobby Russell had been running the club out of the War Memorial Hall in Ardersier, but has now completed the move to their own facility in nearby Nairn.
We are also currently working with potential new clubs in Wick, Shetland, Fraserburgh, Kirkton of Skene and Arbroath who are all at various stages of affiliation. Ben our North Region Development Officer will also be proactively contacting all our affiliated Dundee clubs in coming weeks to identify areas in which he can assist with their development needs.
BSL met with representatives from Aberdeen City Council’s ‘Activity Agreements’ project, which focuses on young people who are leaving school with a high probability of entering a negative destination.
The project engages with young people who have left education and are not in employment and seeks to provide them with an informal learning experience through activities.
There are a lot of mutual benefits that boxing clubs can gain from engaging with this project and BSL will be making contact with Aberdeen-based clubs soon to discuss this.
Aberdeen University LGBT project
BSL is currently assisting Aberdeen University Boxing Club in their efforts to launch a class for the LGBT community.
A meeting has been held with various partners and an open consultation meeting will now take place on Monday 13th February at Aberdeen Sports Village at 8pm.
Any interested parties are welcome to come along to find out more information and to help to shape what the structure of the sessions will be, with the aim of hopefully launching the programme in March.
BSL is pleased to announce that the North District now has its first ‘Gold’ standard club in Granite City Boxing Club.
The Aberdeen club has successfully met all of the requirements of BSL’s Minimum Operating Requirements and have been presented with their certificate.
Insch Boxing Club have successfully launched an Active Schools programme in 2017, joining the likes of Claymores Boxing Club and Granite City Boxing Club to do so.
The Aberdeenshire club have recently hosted sessions to more than 50 kids across Glass School and Gordon Primary in Huntly.
Further classes are planned with these two schools, in addition to a number of sessions with other nearby schools lined up in the coming weeks.
If any North District clubs are interested in further engaging with the North Region Development Officer on any of the above matters, then they can contact Ben Holme on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07702 866135.