This month marks the 28th anniversary of Paul Gill’s involvement with the Chatteris Amateur Boxing Club; 13 years as a boxer and 15 years as a youth worker/coach.
Over this time he has shared successes including 15 Mid-Anglia champions, 10 Eastern county champions, four ABA semi-finalists, senior and junior, two England internationals, has been to seven National finals and brought home two National championships.
His work with the town’s youth led to his invitation to the Queen’s Garden party in recognition.
His claims that the club is as much about the boxing as it is about encouraging youngsters to be good citizens, stands as strong today as it did 28 years ago.
Paul says he will continue this voluntary role and has seen positive changes due to boxing in youngsters which include better family relationships, getting jobs, becoming healthier and improving behaviour, to name just a few.
Last week, Gill travelled to the famous Sheffield Gym with four of the Chatteris boxers, with the aim to inspire and motivate them. Jordan Gill, a former Chatteris ABC member, who joined the Ingle camp when turning professional last year was also present.
Chatteris Boxing Club opens Monday to Thursday 4.30-7pm, Saturday mornings 8.30-10am and welcomes new members 8 years and over. Ring 01354 695211 for further details. The next Fight Night is on December 14 at the Cromwell Community College, Chatteris. It includes a three-course meal. For ticket information please call 01354 693630.