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1 Jun 2006

With a sudden flurry of new members busting through the doors at Barry Eastend Amateur Boxing Club, the club has been called upon to make some swift alterations.

Junior membership at the town gym has swelled in recent months, putting pressure on the two head coaches and revealing a shortage of equipment.

A Community Chest grant from the Sports Council for Wales looks set to eliminate all issues, with £750 to be ploughed into training and equipment costs.

The head coaches can now look forward to gaining extra help, with two volunteers receiving the cash needed to become assistant coaches.

A previously redundant part of the gym is also being transformed into a workable space with newly purchased equipment filling the floor.

Junior members can now be easily catered for at the club and the hope is that they can now be retained and more will be encouraged to join. As well as improving the skill and fitness levels, the training sessions are also aiming to ease the issue of anti-social behaviour by taking young people off the streets.

The Sports Council for Wales is urging more projects in the Vale of Glamorgan to come forward to apply for the £80,154 of Community Chest funding available to the area. For more information and to find out whether your project is eligible for a grant worth up to £750, please contact your local authority sports development team.

For more information on the boxing club, please contact Karen Long on or