Building work begins on new gym at Pollyfield Community Centre

Building work has started on a new £195,000 boxing and fitness gym at the Pollyfield Community Centre in Bideford, which will provide a new home for Bideford Boxing Club.

The amateur boxing club has worked hard to raise funds for the project, and has now secured a £90,000 grant from Olympic legacy initiative Sport England Inspired Facilities.

Torridge District Council has also allocated £80,000 to the building, with Bideford Bridge Trust, Bideford Town Council, and the Bideford Boxing Club all contributing to the overall total.

Jeff Facey, Development Officer at Bideford Boxing Club said: "This a very exciting phase for Bideford Amateur Boxing Club. We all have dreams, and having our own established building that we can call home is ours."

Bideford company TCi has been awarded the building contract, with work expected to be completed in 20 weeks.

Should this happen, the new centre will be up and running by Christmas.

Pauline Davies, Bideford East-the-Water Councillor and Pollyfield Trustee, said: "This is great news for the youth of Bideford, the Boxing Club and the Pollyfield Community Centre."

And Councillor Mervyn Langmead, also Ward Member for East-the-Water, added: "The Club is a very well used community resource run by volunteer coaches and I am delighted to see that this worthwhile initiative is underway with Torridge and other local and national bodies all pulling together to support the local community."