Levenmouth has a proud assocation with boxing and one of the groups at the forefront of it for some decades now is Denbeath Amateur Boxing Club.
The club has been settling into its new home in Leven’s Carlow Hall and is extending an invitation to the community to get involved with a sport to which they may not have given much thought.
Set up in 1940 as a youth club, an original base near to Denbeath Miners’ Institute was shortly afterwards taken over by the area’s miners and developed into a facility for them to train and weightlift.
Decades later, although the original ethos of community fitness remains, the club is a lot more inclusive.
Amerjit Singh from DABC told the Mail: “Membership at Denbeath Amateur Boxing Club is open to everyone. Since starting to work in partnership with Active Schools, the membership of young people has increased.
“Our mission is to promote boxing, and the health and the wellbeing of the people living in Levenmouth and surrounding areas, through raising confidence, self-discipline and nurturing peoples’ natural talent and ability in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.
“Our purpose is to make a significant impact on the community’s health and lifestyle and to provide an outlet for people to develop and participate in to bring out the champion within.”
And when it comes to champions, Denbeath can boast the best of them too.
Currently training with the next generation of young boxers is former British and Commonwealth welterweight champion Kevin Anderson.
“Kevin Anderson is an inspiration to the club,” added Amerjit.
“It reinforces that, at grass root levels, with hard work, dedication and with the support of the club, the sky is the limit.”
All the coaching staff at Denbeath have vast experience in the sport.
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