Boxing club benefits from wind farm fund

Jack Grant (red - Chirnside) vs Jack James Arnott (blue - Dunfermline ABC)'Jack Grant wins 'Chirnside boxing show at Duns Volunteer Hall
Jack Grant (red - Chirnside) vs Jack James Arnott (blue - Dunfermline ABC)'Jack Grant wins 'Chirnside boxing show at Duns Volunteer Hall

A grant from the Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund will help Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club purchase permanent home.

The club has around 110 members and as well as running a strong junior section 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 club of its size.

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 gym for the club. The hall has now been offered to the club for outright sale on a first refusal basis.

The grant of £2,500 from Drone Hill Community Fund will go towards the purchase of these premises. The club is no working hard to raise the rest of the funds required from other sources.

Robert Donaldson, club secretary, said: “This grant means a lot. 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. It will provide £40,000 a year, for 25 years, to charitable activities benefitting four community council areas; Reston and Auchencrow, Coldingham, Cockburnspath and Grantshouse.

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 September 30. For information visit https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/dronehill