Bray boxing club secures a full-time premises at local community centre

Wicklow TD John Brady has expressed his delight in helping to secure a full-time premises for the Top End Boxing Academy in Bray. The community based boxing club had been at risk of permanently closing down due to the lack of community space to operate from.

Deputy Brady said “I want to commend the work of Mark Buckley, David Dunne and all in the Top End Boxing Academy for their commitment and perseverance for the community, boxing and for the club to succeed, so I congratulate them for finally getting the keys from Wicklow County Council for the use of the community centre in Giltspur Heights.

“Over the last year or so, I have been working hard with the club to try to secure alternative full time accommodation to suit their needs and stop the club permanently closing down. We approached the council with a view of using the community centre in Giltspur Heights, after a number of meetings and putting forward a formal proposal, the council agreed to put a lease in place for the use of the premises and over the last number of months a lease has been worked on.

“This is a win for the community and for sport. The council must be commended for all their work on making this possible. I would like to use this as a stepping stone for the club and will continue to work with them to secure a larger more permanent community based clubhouse. 

Dermot ‘Daisy’ O’Brien expressed his congratulations to Top End Boxing Academy who have shown such resilience amid so many barriers and so much struggle in their search for a home. “Now they can finally get back to a focus on doing what they do best which is to provide a fantastic outlet for young and old in the community, from champion boxers to people who just need an outlet to clear their head a few times a week or stay fit, the coaches and members of this club are playing a key role in our town and should be supported to do so.”   

Deputy Brady concluded “The fact that Top End Boxing Academy like many other community based clubs and organisations struggle to survive due to a lack of community space needs to serve as a wake up call. If we want strong, vibrant communities we must put in place the proper facilities, I will continue to work with the council to ensure that the needs of the community are properly served.” 

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