Galashiels pugilists strike a blow for Borders boxing

L-r, Jim Doris (Galashiels Boxing Club), Jeanette Rigg and Malky Dowans (Galashiels Boxing Club). Fundraiser coffee morning at The Mission Hall for Galashiels Boxing Club.
L-r, Jim Doris (Galashiels Boxing Club), Jeanette Rigg and Malky Dowans (Galashiels Boxing Club). Fundraiser coffee morning at The Mission Hall for Galashiels Boxing Club.
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Boxing in the Borders is going from strength to strength, with the newest club looking to start up a youth section as soon as January.

Galashiels Boxing Club has only been running for 10 months, but it has already outgrown its original premises.

Experienced boxers Danny Kelly Snr, Jim Gow and Malky Gowans, along with Daniel Kelly Jnr, started training at Tweedbank Barns back in January – and it proved popular from the off.

Kelly Jnr told The Southern: “We quickly outgrew our premises and moved up to the Mission Hall where we now train, and are fully supported by the Fifth Ward committee.”

The club now has a committee of 13, more than 20 men training twice a week and a group of 12-15 ladies training once a week.

They have recently applied for affiliation to Amateur Boxing Scotland, as well as Ettrick and Lauderdale Sports Council, and have the full backing of Borders Sport and Leisure Trust.

Although they have been working hard to build up their own funds – a recent coffee morning proving a big hit – the club has also been backed by local businesses Scott Arnold of LA Electrical, Timpson Shoe Repair and Timber Care Solutions Ltd, and have Pillowcreative to thank for their logo and signs.

“The future of the club looks great and we are in line with our target of having some of our members competing in the new year, as well as setting up a youth section in the coming months,” added Kelly Jnr.

“Special thanks must go to Danny Kelly Snr, who puts in the hours on a week-to-week basis, and head coach Jim Gow for his assistance.”

For more details, visit the Galashiels Boxing Club Facebook page.