Praise for solid commitment to Derry boxing

St. Joseph's Amateur Boxing Club premises in Bloomfield Park, Galliagh. DER1815MC086
St. Joseph's Amateur Boxing Club premises in Bloomfield Park, Galliagh. DER1815MC086

St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Galliagh have praised the unwavering commitment of the government and local community towards advancing facilities locally.

The club’s vice-chairperson said the Department for Culture. Arts and Leisure and other officials have remained steadfast in their commitment to the club, with hopes now high that the newbuild planned for St Joseph’s will be completed by early January 2016.

Secretary of St Joseph's Boxing Club, Sinn Fein Councillor Sandra Duffy.

Secretary of St Joseph's Boxing Club, Sinn Fein Councillor Sandra Duffy.

Greater Shantallow Area Partnership have also been praised for their input and assistance over the past few years to bring the plans for St Joseph’s to fruition.

Kevin Duffy, vice-chairperson and coach at St Joseph’s Club, said: “Right throughout this process we were a priority for them in terms of our action plans and the redevelopment plan.

“From our perspective in the boxing club, capital funding for the newbuild was never in any jeopardy and we had assurances throughout from the Department on that, led by the Minister.”

Mr Duffy said the Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has shown great commitment to boxing locally, while also recognising the important role played by St Joseph’s in the Greater Shantalllow area.

The club also praised their secretary Sandra Duffy, who they desciebe, along with other committee members as “the driver that helped make this happen”.

Local Parish Priest Fr McCaughey was also praised for his support and helpfulness.

Mr Duffy added that the club welcomed support from anybody in terms of going forward.

He said the new facility planned for St Joseph’s “gives us a purpose-built, brand new modern facility with changing facilities, and top class equipment”.

He added: “Our core business is boxing and we will be aiming to build on the success we have had.

“Also what we hope to do is increase participation within the Galliagh community and the wider community and to help improve quality of health and lifestyle of people locally.”

Mr Duffy was speaking after DCAL and the Department for Social Development confirmed that funding commitments towards boxing clubs in Derry remained on track.