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Your Champions: Shane Thomas of Shotton ABC nominated for sport award

A BOXING coach who gives up his time to teach and train young people has been hailed for his hard work and dedication.

Shane Thomas, who runs Shotton Amateur Boxing Club, has been put forward for a Trinity Mirror/ScottishPower Your Champions award.

Graham Orme nominated Shane, who lives in Flint, because he ‘gives up his time to help young boxers to learn their skills and to give them discipline’.

Shane is currently transforming a rundown former Scout hut into a new centre for the club with the help of a team of volunteers.

Shotton ABC was forced to move out of its home behind The Clwyd pub in Chester Road West after the rent rose from £60 to £3,000 a year. It is relocating to the premises in Rowleys Drive, which was due to be demolished until Shane expressed an interest.

He hopes to open the club in mid-late October as a fitness centre as well as a boxing club and encourage more people to use the facility.

“It’s going to be open to everyone,” he said. “Men and women, people of all ages – it’s going to be a real community club.”

Shane been involved with the club for more than 20 years and has been head coach for seven-eight years.

“I see kids come in here and go on to become champions and make good lives for themselves,” he said.

“The youngsters in the area don’t have anywhere to go, we get them off the street.”

Shane said a lot of the young people who train and keep fit at the club have confidence issues – which he takes pride in putting right.

“I get a lot of enjoyment out of it,” he said. “I like giving something back to the community.”

Graham said Shotton ABC helps keep youngsters off the streets in Deeside and combats crime.

He added: “Shane is an absolute star.

“He works so hard and puts so much time and effort into the club.”