Boxing club is saved by local businessmen at the last bell

Boxing clever: Mick Rowe and kids at the Halifax Police Amateur Boxing Club
Boxing clever: Mick Rowe and kids at the Halifax Police Amateur Boxing Club
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A BOXING club will continue fighting after being saved from closure.

Last month the Courier reported how The Halifax Police Amateur Boxing Club would close down on May 31 after being unable to find a new home.

However, they have been saved from closing down thanks to a cash injection from local businessmen.

Owner Mick Rowe said: “A few businessmen have come forward to sponsor the club which is brilliant news.

“It gives us a window to work from and prepare the club for the future.”

The club, which boasts 475 members on its books, will continue to be based at Ladyship Mills, Ovenden, thanks to the cash injection from the new sponsors.

“We should be able to keep going for another 12 months now hopefully,” said Mr Rowe.

The new sponsors of the club, which operates in partnership with the police and fire services, came forward following the story in the Courier.

Mr Rowe said: “I couldn’t have have done it without the help and support of the paper.”

The club had been involved in negotiations about moving into the Ridings Sports Centre but these fell through leaving the club with no choice but to close.

“We would still like to move into the Ridings and that could be something really beneficial for the future of the club,” said Mr Rowe.

“I’m going to spend some time writing to people and getting to the bottom of what’s going on at the Ridings.”

Mr Rowe said the club had been ‘led down a garden path’ over negotiations at the Ridings and had been let down by Calderdale Council sports services manager Gary Byrnes.

However, Mr Byrnes has said that he would work hard to include them in the North Halifax development.

He said: “We understand the difficulties that the boxing club is facing and we will try to do everything we can to try and find a way to involve the club at the Ridings.”