Penyrheol’s Labour Party councillors Jan Curtice and Andrew Stevens have been thanked for their donation of £1000 towards the upkeep of Penyrheol Boxing Club.
The recently rebuilt gym is an important focal point for the local community. Cllrs Stevens and Curtice hold surgeries there and people of all ages use the gym to train.
Eric Davies, chair of the club, commented: “The club is purely run by volunteers, and has no source of income other than money we raise. We are delighted that Cllrs Curtice and Stevens have donated £1000 so that we can refurbish and paint the gym hall.
“It means we can keep it up to a standard we think it ought to be kept. The Welsh Boxing Association is inspecting the clubs and when they come here we want it to be absolutely bang on – and now it will be.”
Cllr Stevens said: “I am delighted to be able to support a fantastic boxing gym that has so much history rooted within our ward. It has certainly changed a lot since I trained here when I was a youngster. It is iconic and a real asset to our ward. The team are all doing a fantastic job up there with all the up and coming boxers.”
“I can see the new building has achieved its aim: the increased space and better equipment has helped immensely in enabling people of all ages to take part in the sport. It is an excellent introduction to boxing; it teaches discipline and you need exceptional courage and fitness.”
Cllr Curtice added: “I am really proud to support the Penyrheol Boxing Club. It does a lot for the area, and is something I’ve been involved in for the last six years since I became a county councillor. It’s a great asset for Penyrheol.”