WANNEROO Amateur Boxing Club (WABC) president Vic Noll says getting a grant for a bus is the best thing that’s ever happened for the group.
Established in 1975, WABC is one of the longest-running clubs in the area and it recently received an $80,000 grant to continue supporting its work with young athletes.
The State Government grant made it possible for the volunteer-run club to buy a bus to transport boxers to and from matches as well as upgrade facilities at the Scenic Drive headquarters.
Mr Noll said the bus made it possible for coaches like Neil Gledhill from Merriwa to take children to tournaments and weigh-ins when their parents couldn’t.
“It’s the best thing that’s ever happened for the club,” the Joondalup resident said.
“The club is all voluntary and no one gets paid so support from grants like this are a great help.”
With the most registered boxers in WA, Mr Noll said the club was involved in competitions almost every fortnight so to have a way of getting the athletes where they need to be was crucial.
Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton said WABC had been helping local youth for decades.
“This bus and new equipment will help the club continue with their fantastic work with the youth in our community,” she said.
“This club has been supporting the youth in this community since 1975 and I’m thrilled that this funding will allow more young people to participate in their fantastic programs.”