ASHBOURNE Boxing Club coach Lance Mason has announced he will be hanging up his gloves next month, bringing an end to nearly a decade of running the town club.
Mr Mason, who has been boxing, judging and coaching for nearly 40 years, says juggling his home life with the constant hard work in running the club, added to the current uncertainty over his venue at the Green Man, has led him to his reluctant decision.
He said: “While we were off for Christmas we came back to the Green Man to find it shut. With not being able to use the club for most of January and February and with championships starting, we had to travel to clubs in Derby for training.
This is where our boxers will be going when we close.
“Now I feel it’s run its course and I need some time for me and my family.
“Some people won’t understand this decision but this is a very hard and sad decision for me to make as I’ve been involved in boxing, coaching and judging for coming up to 40 years.
“I would like to thank firstly my wife Sharon for helping me starting the club and doing all the paperwork, Terry Woodcock for help in the gym, the late Keith Woolliscroft, Tony Millward for help and information at the beginning, Carol Frost for her help in reports in the Ashbourne News Telegraph in the past years and everyone that has helped with the Ashbourne shows and the club in the past.
“I would like to make it clear that what little remaining funds we have will be donated to charity and Derbyshire Amateur Boxing Association.”