Boxing clever at former school site

Youngsters at Chatteris ABC.
Youngsters at Chatteris ABC.
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With a lot of hard work over the past 25 years an old school has been turned by Chatteris Amateur Boxing Club into a magnificent facility, writes Reg Wenn.

This club dates back to the late 1940’s and was run by the late Arthur Binder; the club had many really good boxers at that time.

Hugh Daisley was selected to box for the Chatteris Army Cadets Force in the Army Cadet National Championships. In a packed Royal Albert Hall, London, Daisley won the heavyweight title, and hit his opponent so hard his glove split open.

In 1964 the club moved into the old Slade End Junior School, and around 1981 they were given the chance to purchase the building. The Council gave them 12 months to raise the £4,000; they did this within nine.

In 1988 a young man, Paul Gill, had the chance to turn professional. Instead he decided to become a fully-qualified trainer of Chatteris ABC, since when the club has gone from strength to strength. About 20 youngsters pass through the doors each evening.

Under the chairmanship of Mr ‘Matty’ Payne and his committee, the club has decided to let the community know that the club is available to visit for anyone to call in, even if they just want to lose weight.

The facility is open four nights a week and Saturday mornings. In recent years the club have produced many champions, the most recent being pro Jordan Gill. When possible Jordan gets to the gym to pass on his knowledge to the youngsters.

Opening times: 4.30pm to 7pm weekdays, 8.30am to 10am Saturdays.