Giants Boxing Academy founder Craig McDougall can’t wait to open a purpose-built complex to share with Central Districts Cricket, as well as Aikido, fencing and possibly table tennis, at the Mitre 10 Park.
Craig and his 140-plus members – mostly youth whom many regarded as ‘at risk’ – will move from their inner-city premises to the sports park in August.
Funding has come from Lotteries, gaming trusts and local supporter Rodney Green, with $1.6 million of the $2 million confirmed, and Craig sees the potential for future expansion.
“It gives us a permanent and sustainable home for both the Hastings Giants Boxing Academy and the Hawke’s Bay Boxing Association, and being able to co-locate with CD Cricket greatly reduces the initial capital outlay as well as ongoing maintenance and servicing costs of the building.”
Craig adds that the park’s broader offerings are also a huge appeal.
“I expect we will use nearly everything to a greater or lesser degree – running track, sports fields, gymnasiums, pool, etc. I also think many of the existing sports will want to engage in boxing as part of their training.
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