Money to aid city’s fighters

John Conteh at Bletchley Boxing Club
John Conteh at Bletchley Boxing Club

Bletchley Boxing Club have been given a new lease of life courtesy of a huge donation from a local firm.

Last weekend the club, run from Windmill Hill Golf Course, welcomed former undisputed light-heavyweight champion John Conteh who helped present head coach Kevin McCarthey with a cheque for £10,000 from 86-year-old boxing fanatic Morris Spurling and ITR Limited.

The club formed in 2005, and now offers more than 20 youngsters the opportunity to learn the sport of boxing in a safe environment.

Last year, after a dispute with the council, Windmill Hill Golf Course closed its doors not just to the golfers around the city, but also to Bletchley Boxing Club, throwing their future into doubt.

But now with the generous donation, the club can see light at the end of the tunnel.

“This is massive for us,” said Kevin. “When I heard the amount they were going to donate, we had to call over the ref for a standing count!

“It means we can buy new bags rather than second hand ones, we can get new carpets in the gym, we can pay the weekly rents and pay for our new coaches to go on courses to get them qualified.

“I don’t want to go out and blow it all, it needs to be spent wisely on the kids.

“We have some great lads down here who just want to box and this money will help us so much.”

The club are keen to seek out new premises to use - if you can help, call Kevin McCarthey on 07971 063339.