The Freddie Pring Memorial Fund

Minehead Amateur Boxing Club (MABC)

Minehead Association Boxing Club (MABC) is a long running boxing club based in the former goods shed in the West Somerset Railway coach car park, known as Dannys Gym.

The running of MABC was taken over in April 2018 by husband and wife team, Paul Pearce who works as a Logistics Manager for St John Ambulance and Charlotte Beynon-Pearce who is a teacher at Minehead First School, to provide boxing training twice a week to youngsters and adults from Minehead and the wider communities.

The aim of the training sessions is to improve physical fitness, stamina, instill discipline and self-belief provide a meeting point for local youths to engage with others from different backgrounds which negates gang culture and enhance mental well-being. 

The training sessions are delivered on Mondays & Thursdays from 6PM to 7PM for 9 – 14 year olds and from 7PM to 8PM for 15 year old plus including adults, with session fees of £2 for the youngsters and £2.50 for the older members. Sessions for 5-9 year olds are run during the summer months. Sessions are well attended with approximately 25 – 40 members attending each evening over the two sessions.

MABC funds are extremely limited and a grant application was submitted to the Freddie Pring Memorial Fund which was set-up by Mrs Heather Pring to support local individuals with sporting aspirations or sporting clubs, following the tragic & untimely death of her son, aged just 21.

Members of MABC were delighted when confirmation was received from Heather who has kindly provided a grant for £1,500 for the upskilling of two enthusiastic volunteers, one adult male and one 17 year-old female.  This grant will enable the two volunteers to attend an England Boxing Level 1 coaching course in London which is a four-day course, delivered over two consecutive weekends.

The upskilling of the two volunteers will help ensure the continuity of training delivery each week, will assist with safeguarding and governance requirements and importantly have a dedicated lady trainer for females attending the training sessions. It will also assist the club to grow through the provision of a greater number of training sessions and provide Boxercise fitness sessions for other local clubs and schools in an around the Minehead area some of which have previously been delivered to Minehead Barbarians Rugby Club. 

MABC would whole heartedly like to thank Heather for her prompt response, for the very generous grant and wish her every success with her continued fund raising to help support local sporting activities in the memory of her son who was a keen sportsman who played rugby for Minehead Barbarians Rugby Club. 

A huge thank you from all connected with MABC, as your generosity will massively help the boxing club and its members. 

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