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Anti-social youngsters to get free boxing

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 9:32am

By Daniel Clark, local democracy reporter, and Radio Exe News

Plans for the boxing gym (picture: Image Primal Strength Design, taken from the planning application)

Funding sought by new Teignmouth gym

Youngsters involved in anti-social behaviour in Teignmouth are going to be encouraged to take part in combat sports, if an unused warehouse on the Broadmeadow Industrial Estate is turned into a boxing gym.

A company called PB Suite plans to offer young people free access so they can "explore the strength and combat sports sector in a safe environment" - if the company can get funding. They're working with community groups and the police and they've already identified a group of young people who would benefit. They say the idea's been well received and it could reduce bad behaviour in Teignmouth.

They'll offer private training and gym access too. If Teignbridge District Council approves the plans, they could open in January.

Statements with the change of use application submitted to the council says: "The boxing gym and strength and conditioning suite will offer private one-to-one sessions to clients, alongside boxing specific and strength training activities for a wider customer base."

Four full time jobs would be created, while there will be opportunities for apprenticeships and a youth development programme.

“Consultation with local community groups, including Teignmouth traders associated and the PCSO team, has identified a group of young people to support and the community development offer has been well received and is expected to contribute to the reduction of anti-social behaviour in the town.”


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