Get your boxing gloves on and be part of a great community club

Hebden Bridge Boxing Club members, in front, James Cowan, Kate Dakers and Clayton Varey
Hebden Bridge Boxing Club members, in front, James Cowan, Kate Dakers and Clayton Varey

Hebden Bridge Boxing Club was established in late 2010 as a place where men, women and children from the local community can train as amateur boxers or as a means of getting fit and improving health and well-being.

Formerly Tony’s Ring, the gym started out as a boxing fitness centre in June 2009 but since December, when it was taken over by Clayton ‘Cass’ Varey and Kate Dakers, the club’s applied for affiliation to the Amateur Boxing Association.

This enables young amateurs to represent the club at tournaments and allows members to participate in sparring sessions facilitated by the club’s Assistant ABA Coaches.

With regular boxing training sessions four times a week and 11 fitness classes, there’s a session suitable for most people from children and young adults to the over 50s. Non-contact, boxing fitness training,

Boxercise and women’s only classes are popular at the gym with an average 50 people a week coming through the doors to get a stress-busting workout on the bags.

In days gone by, boxing gyms were intimidating places where mostly teenage boys and young male adults were found.

If you didn’t want to participate in sparring or amateur fights, you probably wouldn’t go there.

The aim of this club, is to be inclusive and to offer the community a safe, non-pressured environment in which to learn the sweet science of boxing.

Women and children can participate in the ABA Boxing Awards – a series of 8 week courses that cover the basics of boxing and introduce them slowly to the idea of sparring.

The first 3 levels of this programme are non-contact and include learning some of the rules of amateur boxing.

All Club Coaches and Instructors are CRB checked, insured and qualified.

They run organised, safe sessions that promote good sportsmanship, mutual respect and fair play.

The club actively supports community activities such as the Fair for Youth as well as charity events and last month, raised £915 for The Afghanistan Trust.

Next month sees a £2 a round Boxathon event at the club to raise money for the East Africa Crisis Appeal where more than 10 million people have been affected by a drought, which in some areas, is the worst in 60 years.

Club coaches and members will spar continuously from noon till 5pm with any opponent for a £2 donation. The event kicks off in the ring at noon on Sunday, August 14, at Hebden Bridge Boxing Club.

For more information and a class timetable visit or look for Hebden Bridge Boxing Club on facebook.