REGISTERED charity Deva Police ABC has been recognised for the important role that they play in the Saltney community.
The club, which is building a reputation for nurturing the area’s top young boxing talent, has also made it its mission to build on their success in the ring and demonstrate that they are ‘more than just a boxing club’.
The Marley Way gym, which provides facilities and coaching for disabled athletes and those from less privileged backgrounds, as well as more fortunate sports men and women, has now been nominated for the Community Club of Wales award – much to the delight of coach Dave Evans.
“We’re all one big family under the banner of ABC Boxing” he said. “The boxing side of it is just one aspect of what we do.
“We aim to give kids who would otherwise be excluded a chance.
“For example, Rebekah Lovell represented the club and Great Britain at the Special Olympics in netball and she won our sports personality of the year award – which no doubt put some of the boxers’ noses out slightly! But we are one big family and all the members support one another.”
He added: “Kids who have been in sheltered accommodation through no fault of their own can come here and train and we believe we are making excellent progress toward providing opportunities to the wider community.”
The club which, among other sports, provides boxing, football, dancing and fitness education, is now encouraging more people to get involved.
“We are a family club with no superstars,” said Evans. “Anyone can come along and use the facilities all day and night for £2.50.”
For further information on the club, log on to the Deva Academy website: www.devaacademy.co.uk