Eyemouth club provides outlet for youngsters

There’s been an enthusiastic reaction in Eyemouth to a new martial arts and fitness club – which has respect and social awareness on its agenda, as well as sport.

Friday, 18th September 2020, 11:05 am
Boxing practice at the J&L Club

J&L Fitness and Boxing Club, run by Jay Tuveri and his partner Laura Casement, has recently opened at premises on the Acredale Industrial Estate and attracted around 40 members in its first few days.

Coronavirus restrictions have hampered the operation slightly but the club aims to address issues affecting young people, such as bullying, vandalism, drug misuse and other anti-social behaviour, as well as helping youngsters overcome disadvantages and gain confidence, while also teaching sporting and fitness skills and advising on work training.

Head coach Jay (39), of Lamberton, hoped it would be a good alternative venue for youngsters to go and also help reassure parents, with classes for youngsters aged four and upwards.

He and Laura opened a similar club in Prestonpans three years ago, which is affiliated to Boxing Scotland has already produced a champion in the form of Ross Kyle.

He felt there was a shortage of facilities and “no agenda” for children and young people over a fair age range in the Eyemouth area, so he hopes to replicate the impact the Prestonpans club has had.

Jay hoped it would encourage parents to see their children gaining confidence and learning sporting skills, as well as health and wellbeing.

Numbers were restricted at present because of COVID regulations but Jay added: “We hope the Government decides to support us eventually, the way it supported the leisure industry.”