Boxing for bored teenagers

NEW sports facilities could be opened on Weston's Bournville estate to entertain bored youngsters. Plans for a new boxing ring, gym and weights room and a floodlit multi-games pitch to go alongside Weston Youth Centre, off Coleridge Road, are being drawn

NEW sports facilities could be opened on Weston's Bournville estate to entertain bored youngsters.Plans for a new boxing ring, gym and weights room and a floodlit multi-games pitch to go alongside Weston Youth Centre, off Coleridge Road, are being drawn up.Weston Amateur Boxing Club head coach John Cleary is leading the effort and has won the support of North Somerset Council's head youth officer.The Amateur Boxing Association is backing the plans and is looking into funding from Sport England and The Football Association.Mr Cleary said: "It's always been difficult for our boxers because we have to get the ring out and put it back again every time. By the time it's up it is almost time to go home."We're looking to build a gym on the side of the youth centre that can support a ring and bags, a cardio vascular area with tread machines and the like, as well as a weights area."St John's Football Club is keen on the idea of a floodlit football area for night time training."We also want a sports development worker to work with young people to train them up so they don't have to pay lots of money to join clubs."It's in the very early stages now and although there is plenty of space for development at the site, we need money and support from the community."I know lots of young people in the Bournville and Oldmixon estates who say they are bored and want things to do. I've yet to talk to people on the Coronation, but I think it is the same there. This would also help combat the obesity problems these days."Council principal youth officer Tim Blasedale said: "We would be keen to support the initiative. The boxing club is really positive and makes a difference to people's lives."Mr Blasedale has yet to present details of the project to the council, which own the land.


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