An exciting two-year investment plan has given a huge boost to a boxing club in a village that is no longer out for the count.
Langwith suffered more than most after the closure of the area’s pits. What was once a proud and close-knit community deteriorated into a deprived zone, home to youth crime, drug use, truancy and teenage pregnancies.
But now it is packing a punch -- thanks largely to the Langwith Amateur Boxing Club and the financial support it is receiving from Chesterfield-based services company, The Herring Group.
“When the youth of the village were asked why there were so many problems, they said there was nothing for them to do in the evenings or at weekends,” said chairman Earl Reeves, who launched the club with friends Mark Curtis, Robert Cam and John Hill.
“Therefore, we decided that enough was enough and that we had to put something in place to address this. Fitness, discipline and a healthy lifestyle came to mind and, with a common love for the sport of boxing, we decided to set up a boxing club.”
The rest is history because Langwith ABC is now in full flow at the village social club, where an “empty shell” of a defunct function room has been transformed into the club’s headquarters.
Help and support from Bolsover District Council and other local sources have been key. And the sponsorship deal agreed with Ian Herring, a Langwith resident himself and boss of The Herring Group, has been the icing on the cake.
The club has five qualified coaches and has formed links with the local school and other clubs. Village volunteers have also given their time and skills to help with tasks such as cleaning, painting and plumbing.
“This coming together as a community has created a real buzz in the village and given people something to focus on and feel proud about,” added Luke. “We are very thankful that The Herring Group has embraced our vision and backed us.”