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Chirnside Club Boxes Clever to Secure Funds for Own Premises

22 July 2015

A recent grant from the Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund will contribute to the cost of purchasing permanent premises for Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club.

Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club has a strong record in delivering successful coaching and in competition boxing matches. The Club has around 110 members and is unique in the Scottish Borders. In addition to running a strong junior section of registered boxers gaining recognition regionally and nationally, it offers non-contact sessions for juniors aged 6 to 9 years and female-only fitness sessions for those aged 16 years and over. Chirnside took six boxers to the 2013 Internationals and returned with six gold medals - a major achievement for a small club.

The Club was displaced from its previous premises in September 2014 and has since secured temporary accommodation at the Chirnside Masonic Hall, which has now been converted into a purpose use gym for the Club. The Hall has now been offered to the Club for outright sale on a first refusal basis.

The grant of £2500 from Drone Hill Community Fund will contribute towards the purchase of the premises. The Club is working hard to raise the rest of the funds required from other sources.

Robert Donaldson, Club Secretary, said: “This grant means a lot to Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club. It will help us secure our own purpose-use premises on a permanent basis, bringing stability and enabling us to continue to grow. We want to build on our sporting successes and continue to provide the facilities and coaching that is building fitness, confidence, sporting discipline and a sense of achievement amongst our members.”

Stephen Lilley, of Greencoat UK Wind said: “We are delighted to help support Chirnside. Their record of success has been extremely impressive for a relatively small club, and we hope they can maintain those high standards as they continue to grow.”

Launched in 2012, the Community Fund is linked to Drone Hill Wind Farm, now owned by investors Greencoat. The Fund will provide £40,000 per year, index linked, for 25 years to support charitable activities that benefit those living in four community council areas; Reston and Auchencrow, Coldingham, Cockburnspath and Granthouse.

Foundation Scotland is an independent charitable body that manages the Community Fund on behalf of Greencoat. The Foundation works with communities to help them decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant-making expertise to ensure positive long-lasting impact.

The next deadline for applications to the Fund is 30th September 2015. For more information about the fund and details about the latest awards visit /dronehill


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