Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club celebrated its 10th Anniversary in style at a packed Connaught Hall, Attleborough on Friday 20th July.
Current and former Boxers, Members, Coaches, Sponsors, Committee Members & Supporters were all at the event to look back on the last 10 Years and Celebrate the achievements of the club. Special guest for the evening was Norwich Boxer Billy Bird who is the current Southern Area Champion and Boxing for the English Title in September.
MC for the evening, Jeremy Burton, ABC Vice Chairman, gave a potted history of the Club. With recollections of the 1st formal Meeting held in the Dennis’ living room and Committee members chipping in to open a Bank account and to purchase equipment for the Club. The 11 original committee Members were presented with Certificates Of Appreciation.
The Club originally started up at the Attleborough High School in the school Gymnasium however soon realised it needed its own gym and premises so located ½ of a former Straw Barn @ Wood Farm which was a previous Kitchen & Bathroom showroom and was converted by a large willing band of helpers. Second hand training equipment was sourced from other gyms and a story was recalled how Committee Members travelled to Derby in a borrowed van, on a Bank Holiday Weekend, to collect some 2nd hand mirrors from a redundant gym. After a few months the Club then took over the other ½ of the barn and a few years later added the extension for the Strength & Conditioning room and Classroom. Today the Club boosts 1 of the best equipped amateur Boxing gyms in the Eastern Counties.
Some interesting facts were given about the Club :
- Currently the 4th Largest Amateur England Boxing Club in the Country
- Has this week announced it’s 1,000th Member to have joined the Club.
- A squad of 30+ Competitive Boxers which is largest squad in Eastern Counties
- In the Boxing Ring during the last season 4 National Titles were won by Club Boxers.
- Currently Attleborough ABC have 4 Boxers in the England squads namely Rocky Johnston, Lydia Nagle, Tommy Fletcher and Isabell Price.
The Club recognises people who have given 5 years’ service to the Club as Committee Members or Coaches by making them Life Presidents and proud to say it currently has 12 Life Presidents: Abigail Dennis, Harold Wilson, Jeremy Burton, Jon Dennis, Liz Wilson, Martin Lancaster, Mel Dennis, Pam Riley, Peter Neal, Richard Caston, Robert Softley & Shirley Caston.
To get just 1 person in the ring requires a tremendous Team Effort especially as everyone at the Club is a volunteer. This includes the current 19 Coaches, 8 coaching assistants and 15 Committee Members and an appeal was made for more Volunteers to come forward.
Colin Kilby recently resigned as Chairman of the Club due to work circumstances and a tribute was given to Colin and Certificate of Appreciation for the work he has done for the Club especially through Sponsorship and virtually single handedly organised and ran the May Dinner shows at Wymondham.
The Annual Presentation of Trophies was hosted by
Jon Dennis – Head Coach & founder member,
Richard Caston – President & founder member,
Jeremy Burton Vice Chairman & founder member,
Pam Riley Club Secretary & Life President
Billy Bird – Norwich Based professional Boxer.
ABC ANNUAL PRESENTATION AWARDS – 2018
|LITTLE ROCKY OF THE YEAR||HANNAH BURNS CUP||BILLY
|MOST IMPROVED SCHOOLS||ABC CUP||ISABELL
|SCHOOLS BOXER||DONNA KISSINGER TROPHY||ROCKY
|MOST IMPROVED JUNIOR||DENISE FRANCIS CUP||OWEN BOLINGBROKE|
|JUNIOR BOXER||BARNARDS CUP||TOMMY
|MOST IMPROVED YOUTH||SOLAR SOLUTIONS CUP||LEWIS
|MOST IMPROVED SENIOR||FRANCIS CUP||RAY FIRTH|
|SENIOR BOXER||RYAN DURRANT CUP||CONNOR
|HOME BOXER OF SEASON||CONNAUGHT HALL SOCIAL CLUB CUP||DEVON
|BOXERS BOXER||WOMANS INSTITUTE CUP||TOMMY
|DETERMINED TO SUCCEED||KENNETH
|STAR OF THE LADIES||ABC CUP||HEIDI
|HEAD COACH SELECTION||PAT DENNIS MMORIAL TROPHY||TOMMY
|CLUBMAN OF THE YEAR||LOVEDAY CUP||ROCKY