Boxing club stops charges members amid tough economic times
A BOXING club has stopped charging members as many families are struggling to afford the costs.
Those in charge of St Just Boxing Club, which celebrates its tenth anniversary next month, have decided to put an end to the £1.50 session fee amid "tough times".
Chairman Neil McFadden said he was concerned prices may prevent some people from going along to training and said he wanted to be an inclusive, community organisation.
"We are finding we are a deprived area," he said. "There are a few boys who couldn't afford to pay the money.
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"It's a hard time for a lot of people – there are foodbanks rising up everywhere.
"If you come to three sessions a week, it costs £1.50 a session, so if you have a family of three or four it would cost around £20."
Mr McFadden said the club does not want to lose its members and said the main concern is to keep boxing open to all.
He also added the club appears to have done wonders for youngsters who might otherwise get into trouble without the structure and guidance of the group.
"It's not about the money, it's about providing something within the community," said the chairman.
"I would say if you look at crime figures since the boxing club has been going there has been less trouble about – you can see that.
"We have got one or two boys that, if they were left alone, there would be more vandalism around, possibly.
"It takes their energy up and gives them some purpose."
Mr McFadden also noted some real talents at the club who he said might one day represent the county in the sport.
St Just Boxing Club is set to subsidise the running costs through shows, with its next taking place on November 23.
According to Mr McFadden, local businesses and other residents in the town have been hugely "supportive" and have donated generously to make sure the club remains open.