Free sessions for young people at Chirnside with Cashback scheme

CASH recovered from the proceeds of crime will be used to encourage young people in the area to participate in boxing.

Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club will use CashBack for Communities funding, through Amateur Boxing Scotland, to put on free, non-contact sessions for 10-19 year-olds.

The Chirnside Club has joined the scheme, with the first session for 10-14 year-olds due to take place in the Community Centre on Tuesday, November 6, followed by a session for 15-19 year-olds on Friday, November 9.

Chirnside ABC chair Michael Black said: “It’s a good scheme because it gives young people a chance to get involved and learn some of the basics, and the club also benefits because we get funding for each session we do.”

There are now 30 amateur boxing clubs throughout Scotland delivering free non-contact sessions as part of the Cashback Amateur Boxing Academy. Participant numbers have increased significantly as the number of Academy clubs has trebled since session delivery started back in January, with approximately 600 young people expected to be attending the Academy sessions each week.

Justice Secretary Kenny McAskill explained: “Our CashBack programmes use the ill-gotten gains of criminals to create safer communities by encouraging encourage young people off the streets and into positive activities.

“I am delighted to see new clubs come on board and more young people being put through their paces through Amateur Boxing’s CashBack for communities scheme.

“Scotland has a great track record in boxing and the discipline is a great way to put young people on a positive path in life, keep kids on the straight and narrow and encourage respect, discipline and physical fitness.”

Both the Tuesday and Friday sessions can take up to 20 people, and anyone interested will need to book a place.

After a well-deserved break over the summer, Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club members are now back in to regular training.

Senior member Stevie Williams got the season off to a good start, when he beat his opponent, Leith Victoria’s Gregor Korszak, at the East Lothian ABC show in Haddington. Stevie controlled the fight well to win with a unanimously on points.

The club was represented at the Scottish Novice Championships by 10-year-old Bailee Noon, who made his ring debut in an exhibition bout at Hillpark AB show in Bannockburn.

He went on to meet Lewis Burns of Renfrewshire in a 3x1minute semi-final bout at the Novice Championships at Ravenscraig. Despite a spirited performance, Bailee lost out 3-2 on computer scoring in what was a very close contest. He kept his opponent on the back foot for most of the bout, but just found him hard to hit with clean, scoring punches.

The young boxer, who turns 11 on Sunday, should take a lot of confidence from the experience.