The go ahead Callan boxing club received a major boost some time ago when awarded a development grant by the Irish Sports Council, and work on upgrading the club began this week.
The club received €25,000 from the Sports Council, and the premises on the Clonmel Road are to receive a major facelift.
New dressing-rooms, shower facilities and wheelchair accessible toilets will be developed during the work, which should take about a month.
The club has about 50 members, and its boxers have punched way above their weight consistently in recent years as All-Ireland and international honours came their way.
The club decided to forfeit a kitchen in return for getting more space for dressing-rooms and to make the
building more wheelchair friendly.
“This is a great development for our small club,” insisted veteran coach, Jimmy Walsh. “There are plenty of youngsters who want to take up boxing, and the new facilities should make our club a more attractive option.”
The hard working committee of Dr Jim Ryan (chairman), Kevin Keogh (president), Sharon Griffin (secretary) and joint treasurers, John Hickey and Jimmy Walsh are delighted with the support received from the Sports Council, and they have been very careful with the planning of the new facilities.