LITTLE boxers have been left devastated after a popular Lancing club is forced to find a new premises.
Shaun Brown Boxing Academy opened its doors for youths and adults two years ago in Freshbrook Road, Lancing, where a ‘cannabis cafe’ was once located.
However, Shaun, who runs the club, was recently handed an eviction notice to make way for a major redevelopment.
He said: “I’m having to look for a new premises in the Lancing and East Worthing areas. I teach children six to 11 years old, adults and I also do classes for children with learning disabilities.
“I pay about £200 to £300 a month to keep the club running, but a lot of other halls are asking for more money, and that’s a lot of £5 notes from the club members.
“It’s been an absolute nightmare,” he said.
Parents who send their children to the club said it has taught youths about fitness, confidence and healthy eating.
Mum-of-two Julie Letten said: “Both me and my sons are gutted that Shaun Brown’s boxing gym has to close down.
“I can’t thank Shaun enough for all the help and encouragement he’s given me over the last year and half. I would never have lost all the weight I have done if I didn’t start attending the boxercise classes. The junior classes have been great for my boys. Without the classes, they would be bored just hanging around Lancing, getting up to no good like a lot of kids their age tend to do now due to nothing really in the area.”
Another mum, Vicky Gregg, said the club had helped her two sons, Kane, 13, and Mason, nine, to develop a sense of discipline and hard work.
She said: “Not only do the children benefit in terms of health and fitness, but the gym instills discipline, hard work and respect. Juniors and seniors form a boxing family. Shaun runs school holiday training camps and seasonal parties for the kids, which turn into real social events. The gym is like an extended family and to lose this would be devastating, not only for boxers, young and old, but the local community.”
A spokesman for Adur District Council said the plan to build on the site has been in the pipeline for a number of years.
“Planning permission for the redevelopment of the site to four flats was granted as far as back as 2010 with further details being approved by the council in 2013 and again last year. The developer has been stating for a while now that he was intending to commence work soon.”
If you have a space Shaun and his members can use, call 07956317199.
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