Chatteris club still going strong after two decades

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The Chatteris Boxing Club has a great history of success over its 20-plus years in the hands of coaches Paul Gill, Matty Payne and the committee.

It is bringing on several youngsters who it is hoped can bring more success to the club and the town.

The club is busy most evenings of the week, where youngsters learn the values of living a life without alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and crime; this is before getting fit and learning the skills of boxing.

The success of the 2012 Olympic Games has increased the enthusiasm for all sports, and boxing is no exception. The success the club has achieved over the past 20 years includes 15 Mid Anglia Champions, 10 Eastern Counties champions, one National CYP Champion, one British ABA Champion plus two England internationals.

Paul Gill has two qualified assistant trainers, Dean Baxter and Jamie Bowling who teach various disciplines in the ring.

There have also been seven finalists in the senior and junior ABA Championships, bringing home two national titles. The town now has a third Chatteris Boxer on the ladder to success in the Pro ranks: Jordan Gill. Jordan still returns to the club to train with the other lads.

The club had at least eight young boxers on its big fight night card at the Chatteris Cromwell Community Sports Hall on December 15.

However the club argues its biggest success over the last two decades is the fact they are keeping these youngsters away from obesity and the streets.

The youngsters are keen to take part in other community activities, they do litter picking around the town, and for the last six years they have been part of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, doing and area collection; and for good measure they help deliver the Chatteris Centre Point News letters.

Parents and their children are welcome to visit the club and possibly enrol their children; between 4.30 to 7pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings between 8.30-10am.