History and Evolution
Droitwich Amateur Boxing Club was founded in 1977 and is affiliated to the Midland Counties Region of England Boxing (formally the Amateur Boxing Association of England) as well as the Birmingham Federation of Clubs for Young People.
We are a registered community amateur sports club.
After several changes of premises during the early years, the club moved into its own town centre ‘home’ on the canalside in Kidderminster Road in 1983 from where its membership and reputation rapidly grew. It became one of the Spa’s leading sports organisations for those not only wanting to take up amateur boxing but also people seeking to improve their fitness.
The life expectancy of the club’s prefabricated HQ was expected to be 20 years but it turned out to be 30 years before canalside redevelopment plans forced its trustees to find a new base.
Following a lengthy search, a new site at King George’s Fields behind Droitwich Leisure Centre was found and it is here that the Droitwich Amateur Boxing Club is now located. Built with Council assistance and generous lottery grants through the Amateur Boxing Association of England, and through Sport England, the new gym and facilities are second-to-none and provide boxing-related activities to more people than before with enormous potential to develop into wider areas of the local community.
The club has always had two clear objectives:
– To be a centre of excellence for those who wish to take up the sport of amateur boxing and to help them achieve their potential
– To be a community resource for those who wish to learn the skills of amateur boxing and to use boxing training in order to keep fit.
Centre of Excellence
– 6 national champions at junior level
– GB champion and England international at u19 level
– Numerous national finalists, semi and quarter finalists, Middle Counties champions and representative boxers of all ages
– For youngsters, boys and girls, from the age of eight upwards, who are keen to learn how to box or to keep themselves healthy in a fun environment
– For teenagers, who can find self-esteem, self-confidence and respect through the sport/pastime. Boxing training is a potent way of channelling aggression and surplus energy and of diverting young people away from anti-social activity.
– For adult men and women, who recognise the fitness benefits on offer from the various sessions available
– For the wider community. Droitwich ABC works alongside educational establishments and bodies such as the Probation Services and Youth Offending Services to name but a few in providing boxing-related activities for the benefit of participants