Club receives vital funding to expand training facility

Mark Westley Photography'Chris Hague Halstead Boxing and Martial Arts Centre coach, club has been awarded Sport England funding. ANL-141126-135320009
Mark Westley Photography'Chris Hague Halstead Boxing and Martial Arts Centre coach, club has been awarded Sport England funding. ANL-141126-135320009
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A boxing and martial arts centre in Halstead has received a £65,000 Sport England grant to fund the club’s expansion.

Halstead Boxing and Martial Arts Centre, in Factory Lane, was one of three beneficiaries of funding from the Inspired Facilities Fund, a national initiative from Sport England.

One of the club’s boxing coaches, Chris Hague, said he was delighted to have won the grant.

“It will make such a huge difference to the long-term stability of the club and will allow us to continue our mission to double the size of the club within the next five years,” he said.

“We can now continue our expansion and offer more classes to different age groups and skill levels.”

The expansion will provide additional floor space for larger classes, an extension to the female changing facilities, a new toilet, installation of new energy-efficient heating, and the chance to offer the facilities out to other sporting and social clubs within the community.

The grant will allow the club to accommodate an increasing demand for new memberships, encouraging more people to get active.

Mr Hague, who is a member of Halstead Amateur Boxing Association, said: “We are looking forward to supplying our members with suitable facilities to use.”

Halstead Boxing and Martial Arts Centre was one of three centres in Essex to receive a share of the combined grant of almost £250,000.

Braintree district councillor Jo Beavis said: “Having facilities that are fit for purpose is absolutely vital.

“In the case of Halstead Boxing and Martial Arts Centre, it will create a more inclusive space that will allow it to expand its membership further.”