A North Lanarkshire boxing club is in the money after it was gifted £1000 from one of the UK’s biggest developers.

Cleland Miners Amateur Boxing Club received the donation from Persimmon Homes North Scotland as part of the builder’s Community Champions scheme.

The club, founded in 1986 by local boxer Ally Gilmour, is run by a group of volunteers who work tirelessly to promote health and fitness among the young members.

The coaches will use the money to replace the lights in the gym.

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James Doherty applied for the funding for the club, which he says will benefit both children and adults who train at the Omoa Road club five nights a week.

He said: “We are over the moon to receive support from Persimmon Homes and plan to use the money to replace the current poor lighting in our gym.

“The club is in an area of high unemployment, making it more important than ever to make our training accessible and affordable for everyone.

“It is not just about fitness, we endeavour to teach our members discipline, good manners, integrity and self-respect, along with respect for others.

“Boxing gives them a vision, a dream and to help focus on a bright future. It is helping divert their time away from crime and disorder and putting some goodness back into the local community.”


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Last November, Persimmon began work on 86 new homes on the grounds of Cleland Hospital after it completed the £10 million purchase of the site from NHS Lanarkshire.

The housebuilder first formally lodged proposals with North Lanarkshire Council 18 months previously, but saw its plans unanimously rejected in 2020.

Following a successful appeal to the decision to the Scottish Government Reporter, the company has moved forward with the land acquisition.

James MacKay, managing director for Persimmon Homes North Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support this group located near to one of our new developments, Lime Tree Park on Bellsdyke Road.

“Our Community Champions scheme is a way of supporting worthy causes in the areas we are building.

“It’s great to see this funding going to a sporting cause. Sport in general is extremely important to health and wellbeing and being able to support Cleland Miners Amateur Boxing Club, which actively engages young people and promotes inclusive pathways for self-development is exactly what we want to do.”