It's a knock-out! Boxing club celebrates €4,000 cash boost

Alison Comyn

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

Hugh Conlon, Harry Smith and Pat Dillon of Collon Boxing Club with Minister Gerald Nash at the clubs trainging facility in Collon Parish Hall. The Boxing club were recently awarded a four thousand euro sports capital grant.

A SMALL boxing club in Collon is celebrating after receiving €4,000 in funding from this year's Capital Sports Grants.

The Collon and Philipstown Boxing Club is now hoping to get a new boxing ring, as well as other vital equipment, and expand the club even further.

'It's great news, as every little bit helps,' says Hugh Conlon from the club.

'We applied for the grant for a new boxing ring and equipment so we will get working on that as soon as we can.'

The club was founded in 1974, but after membership fell off for a short time, it is now going from strength to strength again, with around 60 members.

'We will be back in September and we will always welcome to new members so the new equipment will be especially needed,' he adds.

'We have a very strong committee under Harry Smith, with Sean Clarke, Jonathan Farrell and Chris McCourt, and we want to thank new Minister Ged Nash for his continued support for the club.'

The club caters for boxers from early teens to 20s and training will begin on Monday August 29th on Mondays and Thursdays. Monday 7pm to 9pm. Thursdays 7.30pm to 9pm.

Minister Nash made a visit to the club his first official engagement since being promoted to cabinet.

Club Boss Harry Smith announced the good news of the grant to all and thanked Mr. Nash for his support along with Senator Mary Moran ( who was unable to attend the function). He explained the Club was up grading all round starting with a new ring and all new equipment, gloves and new kit for all boxers.

Club Chairman Pat Dillon spoke of the importance of the part sporting clubs play in their communities in shaping the lives of teenagers for the good. He felt that Public Representatives were only too aware of this and that the programme should be expanded to grant aid more and more into the future. He also thanked the other committee members who could not make it due to other commitments.

Hugh D Conlon pointed to the fact that payment of the grant was retrospective which meant that clubs needed to raise bridging finance to start things moving. He felt that there should be a change in that rule and allow the front loading of grants up to 90% giving the clubs the grant money up front with 10% retained until after the full payment of invoices.

He also said that rural Clubs were paid only 85% of the total of the invoices presented whereas the urban based clubs received 100%.

As a new member of Cabinet Minister Nash said he would examine all the issues that were raised and would be closely focused on making things as easy as possible for the clubs.

Drogheda Independent

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