Boxing classes will soon be available at the PCYC in Broome thanks to a colossal effort by community members to install a new gym at the facility.
Building the PCYC facility cost nearly $15,000 in materials and labor, all of which were donated by local businesses and community members.
The new facility’s head coach, Alan Ingram, who has been volunteering his time to organize the gymnasium’s layout since last December, said that without the effort of the community, the gymnasium would never have come into being.
“There has been so much interest from the community, including children and adults,” he said.
“Without the commitment and support of our sponsors, the new facility would not have been possible.
“I will volunteer as a coach with the help of other like-minded community members for the benefit of local youth and the wider community.”
Support came from a number of key local businesses including Broome Toyota, Pearl Coast Chiropractic, Bishops Transport, Build IT Works, Broome Mobile Welding, Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation and Stratco.
Additional support was also provided by Bunnings, Broome Powder Coaters and Ringsport who provided punching bags, floor to ceiling balls and other training equipment for the gymnasium layout, all made in WA.
The purpose-built permanent facility also provides an opportunity for police youth liaison officers to engage with at-risk youth during the day through physical activity.
The alternative learning center of the PCYC site also integrates teachers in their pedagogical learning.
Local schools such as Broome Camp School, Garnduwa and Clontarf Personal Trainers have also expressed interest in using the facility which will generate income for Broome PCYC to maintain the facility and other programs.
Training will begin within the next two weeks and will cost $10 per session, with all proceeds going directly to the PCYC to ensure boxing remains a permanent offering at PCYC Broome.
Workouts will focus on the basics of boxing along with physical conditioning with various cardio and circuit-type training regimens and will be open to all ages regardless of experience level.