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Boxing club is rocked by £10k storm damage

Junior members to miss out on tours after water tank collapse leaves hole in finances

29 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Islington Boxing Club manager Reggie Hagland: ‘It feels unfair when something like this happens to us’

SCORES of children could miss out on boxing tours after a storm broke a water tank at Islington Boxing Club, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The water tank on the roof at the Hazellville Road building in Upper Holloway collapsed during storm Freya earlier this month, blowing a £10,000 hole in club finances.

This means that some of the boxing trips planned for senior and junior members may have to be cancelled, according to manager Reggie Hagland.

Mr Hagland, whose grandfather Ron was one of the founding members of the club in 1974, said: “The juniors are the main focus of any boxing club. We want to get them out as often as possible, but I don’t think we can afford to do this after the water tank collapsed.

“We’re a well-known club in the country because of how active we are. As a successful club you have to get your boxers on tour.”

The club usually goes on three or four Box Cup trips a year.

This means paying for travel, accommodation and food for visits to places as far as Ireland.

Each trip costs £2,000-£3,000, so Mr Hagland believes they will have to be cut to one or two this year. “We’re a family-run business operating from subs without any council grants,” he said. “We’re proud of what we have achieved, building this club up to what it is today.

“I think we’re the kind of place these politicians and experts are talking about when it comes to getting young kids off the streets and doing something productive.

“Then it feels unfair when something like this happens to us.”

The club, originally based in King’s Cross, was set up in a bid to help children from deprived backgrounds escape the temptations of petty crime and anti-social behaviour.

In 1981, it moved to its current home, a temporary building for a construction company. The building, extended since the 80s, is on its last legs. The club hopes to move to a more permanent structure.

Mr Hagland said: “We’re trying to extend this old building’s life for as long as we can, but I’m not sure how many more hits like this it could take.”

If you would like to donate to the club, go to www.justgiving.com/islingtonboxingclub or contact the club on 07920 280230.

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