Sky Sports boxing pundits Johnny Nelson and Adam Smith were filming in Eastbourne last night (Tuesday) at the opening of a new club which aims to keep children off the streets and out of trouble.
The duo, who present the Ringside programme, spent the evening at the Phoenix Boxing Club in Langney Road which is on the former auction room site.
The club, formerly the Willingdon Trees Boxing Club, was planned and developed in 2008 by PC Dave Selby, the local police beat office in Willingdon Trees, and local resident Dan Woolridge with the goal of tackling anti-social issues within the community and to give people a safe activity in the evenings where they could meet new people, learn new skills and keep fit.
As a result youth-related crime in the area dropped. The club, now run by Joe Smith and funded by the John Jackson Trust, is for boys and girls from age six as well as men and women and also has a Chickboxing studio.
On Tuesday night Margaret Downey from the John Jackson Charitable Trust, which donated the bulk of the cost of getting the club up and running, cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.
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