Help me to build a boxing legacy!
A BOXING club owner says his dream of creating a sporting legacy in north Hull is a step closer after the council agreed to lease him a new gym.
Mike Gibbons of City of Hull ABC has been given a ten-year lease of the former housing offices in Orchard Park Road.
The deal was drawn up at a meeting between the club and council officers earlier this week.
Mr Gibbons, whose club is currently based in cramped and dilapidated premises on 1st Avenue, said: "Following a very good meeting with Hull City Council, City of Hull ABC has been given the green light and is working through the terms and conditions of the lease for the new gym."
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Now, Mr Gibbons is appealing for help from tradesmen to transform the council offices into a modern multi-sports centre.
He said: "We need electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, roofers, floor specialists, joiners, kitchen fitters, builders, glazers – generally anyone who is skilled and is willing to donate time, and perhaps materials, for free or even at a reduced rate.
"We will ensure they are publicised as major partners in the new build.
"This is a chance of getting involved in something brilliant. Together, we will be building a legacy for the kids of north Hull and further afield."
It is understood the council is now drafting a TEN-year concessionary lease for the club, which will be based on Orchard Park Road.
Under plans, the club will continue to use its current building, which is also leased from the council.
Mr Gibbons said: "1st Avenue Community Centre will be kept on until the end of the lease, which expires in May 2015.
"While work is completed at the new site, the boxing club will remain at 1st Avenue."
Ward councillor Terry Geraghty said: "It's a big building – much bigger than the one City of Hull ABC are in now.
"This is a great opportunity for the club to expand.
"Hopefully, more young people on Orchard Park can be encouraged to take up boxing.
"We look forward to working with City of Hull ABC."
Anyone wishing to get involved in the project is asked to call Mr Gibbons on 07858 298069 or 01482 802826.