New club is boxing clever
Adam Gigli says Long Stratton Boxing Club’s return will open the sport up to all who want to give it a go.
Returning after a two-year absence, the club is already receiving a positive reaction.
“The response from the community has been fantastic,” said 29-year-old Adam.
“A boxing club is something Long Stratton could have done with about 15 or 20 years ago.”
The club recently held an open day where avid boxers and novices alike, of any age or gender, can find out what it has to offer.
“It doesn’t matter what your background is, boxing is there for everyone,” he said.
“It’s also probably the best sport for losing weight and getting in shape.”
Born in Long Stratton, Adam boxed in London from the age of 16.
Having worked in construction for five years – with projects on the London 2012 Olympics – he decided to pursue his dream and open his own club, which he did in 2012.
“We would get someone new every day,” he said. “A lot of different people from all kinds of different backgrounds.”
“It was good to see people grow from not having the coordination and confidence to having it thanks to boxing.”
Alex closed the club in 2016 to focus on his career as a cutman, working with professional boxers.
“I really missed the club and people started to say they would like to see it open again,” he said.
“We have even had interest from children with learning difficulties and care homes.”
Sessions will start from Monday, with Adam thankful for all the help he has received from family, friends and sponsors, including Above All Scaffolding, Harding Contractors, JJ Steel Construction Consultants, Well-In Driving Tuition, Steven Gigli Tattooist and Piercer, and Netherton House.
The club can be found at Unit 21, Wellesley Road on Tharston Industrial Estate, Long Stratton.
It will also be supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and Bullying UK.