Not many would see an obvious link between a 1950’s museum and a 2015 top of the range boxing facility. But for Denbigh Amateur Boxing Club, it’s a link that saved a much loved club and a sport that has been popular with locals for over half a decade
In 2010, after over 50 years of operation, the Amateur Boxing Club’s future was in turmoil. New leasing proposals at the Club’s former dwellings meant that the boxers need to move from their beloved gym.
In the same town, the community museum had also seen its fair share of bad luck. A fire had seen the museum's building burnt to the ground. As a community institution, the museum had however been given the support to see the build of a new purpose built facility.
Luckily Denbigh Amateur Boxing Club, was too seen as a community institution and the club's legacy saw its luck change. The Museum offered the Club's Trustees the opportunity to have its own purpose-built facility within the new museum build.
Club Trustee, Tim Ballam recalls:
"The Museum's Trustees sympathised with the club. We have always been a community venture; some had even been part of the club's history many years before and they were keen to keep our legacy alive. The move also saw the club become part of the museum's exhibitions, dedicating areas to 1950's sports memorabilia."
Today, the facility is seeing more locals engage with the club than ever before, with its primary intention to support young boxers through the ranks to the top of the sporting pathway. However, even before the club had its new top class facilities, the club supported its most promising boxers by partnering up with other local clubs. Providing opportunities to help promising youngsters still remains a priority. Positively, thanks to the opportunities provided by the new facility, coaches have been up-skilled to support these youngsters and the boxers are all registered for competitions, but the club still uses partnerships to support competitors in developing and refining skills.
"We've been able to make links with other local clubs, giving our most advanced and promising young boxers the opportunity to practice against others at their level. It's really supporting their development."
"We are focussing on providing progression options for our promising youngsters, but at the same time recognise that not everyone wants to fight competitively. We value those that come along for the fun and fitness just as much and our sessions reflect this. We ensure that we tailor our offering to demand. We are also trying hard to cater for specific groups, such as women and girls, and have linked up with a local school to support this and are now offering dedicated 'girls only' sessions."
"Things are fantastic; the new gym is fit to burst to be honest! We have members of all ages, seven to 50+, boys and girls. We've been able to stick to our principals, keeping the club as a community venture and ensuring that we are able to cater for the local demand. It all seems to be working.”
When it really mattered, the local community stepped in to support this boxing club. This happened because the club kept the interests of the local community central to what it was trying to deliver. Denbigh Amateur boxing Club is a prime example of community spirit keeping community sport alive.
This story supports the following 2026 objectives:
Get 75% of young people and young adults hooked on sport
Deliver a sporting pathway to become a nation of champions