New club premises are a punch above


Solihull Council has helped a local boxing club relocate to new premises and last week they welcomed Councillor Bob Sleigh OBE to see how they are settling into their new home.

Cllr Sleigh visited Solihull Amateur Boxing Club on Scott Road, Olton and was greeted by club manager Paul Archer, members of the committee and club, along with other community representatives including local talent from the boxing world.

The club was previously located in Summerfield Education Centre on Brackleys Way, but due to the centre relocating the boxing club needed to find a new base. The Council worked closely with Paul and his team to find a suitable spot within the borough.

Councillor Sleigh said: “We are delighted that the boxing club has settled into their new premises and it’s been great to meet some of the upcoming boxers in person – although I kept my distance! I’m pleased we were able to find them a new home so they can continue to provide activities for young people in Solihull.

“It’s fantastic to see this thriving club up close and to have an opportunity to meet the club management at their new home and some of the young people they are working with.  I wish them all the best for the future.”

Through the Council’s Property Services and Maintenance Partnership, the former army cadet buildings in Scott Road were given a new lease of life. The Council’s contractors, Graham FM and the Dodd Group carried out some of the finishing works as a social value project at no cost.

Paul Archer added: “We are extremely grateful to the Council for helping us to relocate the club after so many years on Brackleys Way. We are excited about welcoming our existing and new members inside.”