Boxing: Old Wheatley library is packing a punch

A new boxing academy has opened in Doncaster - pictured are the children who turned up to the unveiling.
A new boxing academy has opened in Doncaster - pictured are the children who turned up to the unveiling.

A former library has turned over a new leaf, by becoming a boxing academy for the community.

What used to be Wheatley Library, is now the home to a £2,500 boxing ring, bags, weights and boxing gloves.

The new Doncaster Boxing Academy has come to life following funding from South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright - with nearly £5,000 taken from the PCC’s Proceeds of Crime Grants Scheme.

Scores of children and adults flocked to the opening of the facility, unveiled by the Commissioner alongside Doncaster mayor Ros Jones, Coun John Sheppard - one of the academy’s founders - as well as former World Champion boxer Paul ‘Silky’ Jones and trainer Ian Allcock.

At the unveiling, people had the chance to get expert training from Jones and have photographs taken with first British-born Light Middleweight World Champion.

Coun Sheppard said: “Through boxing, we hope to teach the basics of fitness and stamina and then introduce other elements that require dedication and self-discipline to master.”

Training at the academy, based at the community centre in Parkway South, takes place Monday to Friday for adults, 6pm-7pm. Juniors, aged seven and upwards, have sessions from Monday to Thursday, 5pm-6pm. Contact: doncasterboxingacademy@gmail.com.