A SPORTING club is punching well above its weight with plans to shape its future.
Denbeath Amateur Boxing Club has been praised for its development blueprint, prompted by growing membership and the need to find new premises.
The club is finalising a move to buy the Carlow Hall in Leven, after a successful bid for funding to Sportsscotland.
The boxers have also had a £15,000 area budget bid approved by Fife Council’s Levenmouth area committee, to help with work needed for new showers and training facilities.
Local authority bosses were impressed with the club’s ability in seeking new premises and putting together funding applications, while its purpose also satisfied criteria in the Levenmouth Plan.
Levenmouth councillors heard recently at their monthly meeting in Buckhaven that Denbeath ABC had a membership of around 70 and worked with adults and young people alike.
The 2012 London Olympics had also witnessed an increase in local interest in the sport among boys and girls.
The club had been in existence since 1940 had had “a long-standing and very strong track record” in its local community, within Scottish boxing, and also further afield.
Its current base, leased from Denbeath Miners’ Welfare Institute, had seen better days, said a report, while more space was needed to accommodate the growth in membership.
Carlow Hall, owned by the Church of Scotland, was identified as a possible alternative venue during a search for new premises, assisted by the Council’s locality support unit, while the funding bid to Sportscotland would help Denbeah ABC buy the venue outright.
With another application to the Council’s captial grants scheme still outstanding, Levenmouth locality support team leader, Stewart Christie told the area committee the club had, and would continue to provide, a “crucial local resource” which made a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of its participants.
“From a standing start, and over a short period of time, the club has organised itself, prepared funding applications and secured the necessary capital to buy the building, which should secure its future and give it the opportunity to put its development plans in place,” he added.