A CLUB is aiming to box clever as it begins what it hopes is the short road to success.
Empire School of Boxing has begun its latest fight outside the ring – raising £10,000 to buy a second hand minibus.
The winter weather has brought an almost swift end to their current minibus, which has provided a long service for the club.
But after officials failed to get it started on a trip out for the young boxers, they have decided the time is right to buy a newer bus.
Head coach Les Welsh said the existing bus – nicknamed ‘The Green Goddess’ by the boxers – would be serviced and remain in action until they had raised the cash for a replacement.
He said: “Our minibus has finally given up the ghost. It is essential to the club’s varied community programme.
“It not only enables us to take our boxers to competitions and championships but is central to the day-to-day stuff such as training, attending charity and community events and taking our youngsters to the cinema, bowling alley, etc.
“Without it we are really struggling.
“Our bus has been a wonderful servant but unfortunately she’s now showing her age and won’t see out this year. She still runs once you get her going but she’s getting to the end of her life.
“£10,000 will buy a good quality second hand bus. A reliable minibus is vital, it allows us to take more youngsters into the club.
“It is a vital. Without it, we’ll have to take five to ten cars to events.”
Les said the members were looking to take part in a number of fundraising events, including walks, runs and parachute jumps, while he will be walking the width of the country from St Bede’s in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay.
“We don’t want to go cap in hand to anyone but we need help,” he added. “I just hope we can find supporters, even if they donate £5.
“We’re hoping to have raised the money by the summer, that’s the target.”
So far the club has raised just over £350, and are hoping for support from community groups, businesses or individuals.
Anyone who wants to make a donation, or for more about the appeal, visit www.empire-boxing.com