Furness Catholic Amateur Boxing Club – Fundraising Drive

News of a fundraising drive at Saturdays game against Bromley.

We are delighted to be assisting Furness Catholic Amateur Boxing Club in their fundraising drive for a new home.

Due to a change in circumstances, the building the club currently occupy is now up for sale. As a not for profit organisation, this means that purchase of the premises is required. This will be at a substantial increase in cost to the rental the club currently pay and if this is not possible, funds will be needed to secure alternative premises again at a much higher rate than currently paying.

Founded in 1957, Furness Catholic Amateur Boxing Club has been operating for 62 years and has taught many generations the art of boxing along with dedication, discipline and respect. The club has been an outlet for hundreds of young people over the years and assists in reducing antisocial behaviour by giving young people a safe environment to learn the thrills of amateur boxing.

The Club, founded by the late Pat Ryan, is run by his sons Michael and Gary and another generation, Paul, on a voluntary basis, whilst holding full time employment. Pat’s late sons Kevin Ryan, North West Boxing Region president and referee, along with Sean Ryan were a both a major influence on the club over the years.

The club is very well attended, with over 20 youths and 20 adult boxers, both male and female, attending each Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.

The club is a not for profit organisation and have never charged any person coming through the doors of the gym, taking boxers to contests, championships and even abroad at no cost to the boxers. The only fundraising the club receives is the revenue generated from our annual boxing dinner show and through charitable donations from our work in the community / schools, money which is reinvested back into the club by replacing equipment and paying fees which keep the club free for all to attend.

The new premises, whether current or new, will need further work doing to ensure it complies with England Boxing standards, health and safely and most importantly, a safe, secure environment for our members.

Every family in the local area has, or knows someone, who has attended the club over the years and we hope that support from the local community and businesses will help them carry on their work.

Any donations made will help in securing long term premises for the club, which in turn will enable them to continue our work in the Barrow and Furness communities, keeping kids off the street and channeling energy into sport, health and fitness.

Bucket collections will be held around the ground from 2:30pm on Saturday – please give what you can!