Eastbourne boxing coach Adam Haniver will hope to unearth a few diamonds as he opens the doors to his new boxing club.
Eastbourne Boxing Club, based in Commercial Road, held an open day last Sunday to help attract new faces to the club and to the sport.
Haniver, 35, enjoyed a successful amateur career himself . He began boxing at the University of Brighton in 1997 and retired from the ring in 2009. But for the past few years the former Southern Counties Light heavyweight champion has been focusing on the other side of the ropes honing the skills of new talent that comes his way.
Hanvier is a coach for England Boxing and also works at the University of Brighton.
He has guided university boxers such Lee Jenkins, Kara Baah and Richard Keating to British titles and this time he is keen to see them go on to box for GB.
Haniver said, “Working for the University of Brighton has been great but it can also be frustrating.
“You have these kids for three years, you see the progress, you watch them improve but after three years they move on and you don’t get to see the job through.
“I really want to be able to do that and hopefully this gym will help us achieve that goal.
Hopefully that’s something we can achieve with Lee (Jenkins). In the next couple of years it would be great to see him boxing for Great Britain.”
The gym itself is set back in one of the mews off Commercial Road.
Once you are up the stairs and through the doors it immediately has that authentic boxing club feel.
“We are not trying to be a David Lloyd here,” Haniver says pointing at the changing rooms. “It’s just not that type of place.
“But everything we have here is functional. It’s clean and tidy and it serves a purpose.”
The club is run as a non-profit organisation where all profits go back into the club for the members to benefit from.
Haniver has worked all summer to turn the rented premises into a fully equipped gym.
Much of the work he has completed himself alongside his friends and colleagues and he is also grateful to the support shown by local businesses such as Prestige Stairlifts, Jazz Barbers, Andrew Budd Carpentry and AW Steelworks.
“The work we have had to put in has been crazy. As you can see we have achieved a lot of this ourselves but there is still more to do.
“We are a non-profit business so we have received some help along the way and we are grateful for that.
“We are still looking for more sponsors and welcome any businesses who would like to get involved.”
MP Stephen LLoyd, who also donned the gloves for the open day added, “It’s clear to see a tremendous amount of work has been achieved here. I am a firm believer that boxing, if coached and handled properly, is a very positive and healthy activity for the community.”
The club welcomes boxers from 10-15 years for junior classes and seniors (16 years+). Sessions cater for beginners and more experienced using padwork, conditioned and open sparring, shadow boxing, skipping and bag work.
eastbourneboxingclub.co.uk. For sponsorship contact
Adam Haniver: 07825684196.