Rugby star helps Lochend boxing open facilities for the disabled

Scotland and Edinburgh Rugby star Jack Cuthbert, third from left, with Terry McCormack, second from left

Scotland and Edinburgh Rugby star Jack Cuthbert, third from left, with Terry McCormack, second from left

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Scotland and Edinburgh Rugby star Jack Cuthbert stepped in to the ring at Lochend amateur boxing club to celebrate the official opening of new facilities for disabled people funded by a £34,000 donation from Wooden Spoon.

The charity has its origins in rugby which is why Cuthbert, unable to tour with Scotland this summer due to injury, was on hand.

Since its inception in 2007 in a former scout hut on Sleight Drive the Lochend club gym has focused on teaching young people discipline and to encourage them back into school.

In order to build on success founder Terry McCormack applied to Wooden Spoon for financial assistance to extend the hut to create disabled access, additional training space and new accessible toilets and showers.

Terry said: “We have a number of young members with disabilities and the new facilities allow for increased participation and provide much needed facilities for our growing female membership.

“Dealing with Wooden Spoon for our funding application was so straightforward and without their generosity this would not have been possible.”

The extension means that the club can continue to train the boxers for upcoming tournaments whilst also having the space for junior classes and an open gym at the same time.

The club has won medals and accolades from schoolboy level up to British and Commonwealth Championships and produced its first Olympian in Josh Taylor, part of Team GB at the London Olympics.

Our photograph shows, left to right: Scottish committee chair Charlie Bryden, Terry McCormack, Jack Cuthbert, Maggie Wright, Fiona Davidson (both Wooden Spoon committee members).

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