A BOXING Academy is set for round two having found a new home after out-growing its old premises.
Formerly Deva Boxing Centre, the club was asked to leave its original base in Saltney Community Centre in May because it was using too much space to store equipment.
But rather than dwelling on the knock-out blow, the club, whose honorary president is American heavyweight legend Earnie Shavers, is now bigger and better than ever.
The club is now based at Deva Academy, in the Central Trading Estate, Marley Way in Saltney, and the renamed Deva Police Community Boxing Club is looking to the future.
It is run by Mark Shepard and Dave Evans whose vision of a community boxing club received the support of the Sports Council for Wales, Flintshire County Council and local businesses.
Mr Evans said: “It deserves people to know all the hard work people have been doing.
“It’s all volunteer led and we’re a non-profit-making registered charity. We have various groups including disabled and autistic kids.”
The club’s aim is to provide a facility where members of all ages can develop new skills, improve their fitness and forge new friendships.
As boxers progress, additional sessions are set aside to work on sparring and technique.
Deva also recruits the services of the Athlete Performance Centre in Sandycroft, where Mark Lewin, an expert in strength and conditioning for sports, coaches a select group of boxers.
Training is every Tuesday and Thursday evening, with juniors catered for from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and adults from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
For further information contact Mark Shepherd on 07809 540 869 or e-mail markshep@fsmail. net.