Members of the Bravehearts Amateur Boxing Club were certainly not punching above their weight when they applied for funding from Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership’s Community Pride Fund.
The Bravehearts ABC, well known throughout the region, is based in Whithorn and now has more than 30 members of all ages.
Members and coaches from the club were delighted to be awarded £2750 from DGHP’s Community Pride Fund.
The club has already seen great success as it has produced three Scottish champions, two British runners-up and two west of Scotland champions. The coaches at the club, Wullie Martin and Tom Jolly, have been instrumental in the club’s many achievements in recent times.
Tom said: “We are delighted to have received funding from DGHP’s Community Pride Fund as it has allowed us to buy much-needed equipment such as head-gear, boxing gloves, exercise bikes and floor matting. These items are essential in helping the club prosper and, for that, we owe DGHP a big thank you.”
Wullie added: “We have our own bus for transporting mem- bers to competitions throughout the country and the funding has also helped us meet some of the running costs involved. If we can’t get to the competitions we can’t win anything.”
Chairwoman of DGHP’s Wigtown District Management Committee (DMC), Annie Murray, said: “It was important to myself and other members on the DMC that DGHP supported a project that helps get youngsters off the streets and involved in something worthwhile.
“Their achievements are there for everyone to see.”
DMC member Margaret Herron agreed and added: “Many of the members come from other places in Wigtownshire so the fact that this project is able to bring so many different members of the community together is worthy of support.”
The Bravehearts ABC meets every Monday and Thursday evenings at 7pm at Whithorn Town Hall and is open to everyone from the age of nine upwards.
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