OAKLEAF Amateur Boxing Club have officially opened its new and improved training facilities at the Brandywell Sports Centre.
The newly extended exercise area and the cardio-vascular equipment installed in the refurbished gym at the Lone Moor Road club were officially unveiled by the Mayor of Derry, Alderman, Maurice Devenney.
Oakleaf A.B.C Chairman, Eugene O’Kane praised Derry City Council and the Sports Council of Northern Ireland (SCNI) for their contributions and help in securing the funding for the new training facilities.
Mr. O’Kane welcomed the Mayor and the other elected representatives to the club, stating that it wouldn’t have been possible to secure funding without their assistance.
He also singled out Derry City Council official, Jeff Ashe for his contribution and help in getting the project up and running, while he also thanked the SCNI for providing £7,400 worth of new cardio-vascular equipment for the gymnasium.
The Oakleaf ABC Chairman added that the new facilities were recognition by Derry City Council of the club’s efforts over the past 20 years in providing a healthy alternative for, in particular, the young people of Derry. Mayor of Derry, Alderman, Maurice Devenney praised the coaches, committee and everyone involved with the club who offered their time and expertise on a voluntary basis, thanking them for the invaluable contribution that they have made, not only in the Brandywell area, but to the city as a whole.
“Boxing has a great tradition in Derry with the likes of Billy ‘Spider’ Kelly, Charlie Nash and John Duddy to mention just a few,” he said. “I wish Oakleaf Boxing Club every success in the future.”
Also in attendance were Colm Eastwood MLA, City Councillors Patrica Logue, John Tierney and President of County Derry Boxing Board, Eugene Duffy.
Oakleaf Amateur Boxing Club will re-open on Monday, January 9th. New members, especially females are very welcome.
Junior Section (From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.) on Monday and Thursday (£2 per week); Carded boxers (From 7 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.) on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (£3/£5); Adult Keep Fit Classes (From 7 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.) on Tuesday and Friday (£3 per session); Ladies Boxercise Classes (From 8.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.) on Thursday (£3 per session).