Boxing star and Galatia mark Sheffield gym recovery
World title contender Kell Brook was joined by a host of local professional boxers to celebrate the reopening of Lower Manor Boxing Club in Sheffield.
Galatia – An Acis Willmott Dixon Partnership and other local companies helped with the recovery of the gym following a break-in. Vandals raided the gym on Prince of Wales Road, pulling down the ceiling and smashing up toilets and showers, to strip the building of its copper piping. The metal thieves also stole the gym’s boiler and essential training equipment, including a portable boxing ring and punch bags.
The gym has since undergone a refurbishment of some of its facilities, thanks to a £25,000 donation from Galatia. Volunteers from Galatia also donated their time and efforts to completely transform the gym’s changing rooms and shower facilities.
Galatia managed the refurbishment project, which saw several local businesses and organisations group together to get Lower Manor Boxing Club up and running again. Additional support was provided by Jackson Shipley, Travis Perkins, Manor Development Trust, Video Domain Technologies, Photuris Ltd and Temples Security Ltd.
Steve Barnes has been running Lower Manor Boxing Club for 12 years and was left devastated by the damage the vandals caused. He said: “The gym has been broken in to five times since I’ve been here but we haven’t let that defeat us. It’s the work of only a few people in the area and we’re helping so many more in the local community. For some of the youngsters that come to our gym, boxing is the only stable thing in their lives. In that sense we become much more than just a trainer to them.”
Chris Smedley, who runs Lower Manor Boxing Club alongside Steve Barnes, said: “When the gym was vandalised we were told it would cost £100,000 to get everything up and running. Steve and I grafted to get some of the basics done but without help from organisations like Galatia, we just wouldn’t have been able to take care of everything ourselves. The new changing rooms and showers are top class and it’s wonderful to have the heating working again. The progression we’ve seen since Galatia came on board is fantastic.”