Midlothian Amateur Boxing Club are ready to maximise the use of their new premises in the hope of producing champions of the future.
The revamped building in North Wynd, Dalkeith, is the only boxing club in the Midlothian area to offer top-class facilities for boxing and other training purposes after being kitted out with the very best equipment.
After amalgamating Danderhall and Bonnyrigg boxing clubs, head coach Ally Quilietti can now visualise a sound future within the club’s own surroundings after previously having to operate out of a community centre.
Quilietti said: “Everything has been signed off after a few sticking points so it’s now open for use. All the joinery, plumbing and fire systems – it’s all come from voluntary people who have given up their time. The building itself is run by MARC Contracts, who recycle furniture, and they’ve given us a third of the building so it’s completely different from what it looked like when it was just a shell.
“We used to work out of a community centre at Danderhall, which we could only use on a Monday and Wednesday, and we had to put up our own bags, assemble the ring and then take it down when we’d finished. We can now open up our own premises 24/7 if we wish.”
Quilietti is determined to produce a blend of talented boxers who can reach the peak of their ability. He said: “We’ve got guys who have been Scottish and district champions already so this will certainly help. There have also been some new guys with real potential so I will certainly be putting them forward in the Novice Championships.
“But we’re also looking for more people to come along now. It’s the only boxing club in Midlothian so we can now get between 30 and 40 bodies in there but we have been up and running for a number of years. We’ve also got a keep-fit class on Thursday which is really popular.
“It’s primarily a boxing club but we welcome all people looking to keep fit. I’m there Monday to Thursday but I’ve got a few other guys who are there giving up their time as well.”