Britain’s oldest amateur boxing club, Lynn AC, is set to make a triumphant return after facing the threat of permanent closure. Thanks to a donation of £10,000 from the Matchroom Charitable Foundation, the historic club’s doors, which had been closed since July due to Health & Safety concerns, will soon be reopened to the delight of the local community.
The rescue package provided by The Matchroom Charitable Foundation is already being put to good use, with extensive renovations underway. These renovations, including a complete refurbishment and the installation of brand new screed flooring, are set to restore the gym to its former glory. This means that hundreds of aspiring amateur fighters can once again train and utilize the gym’s facilities.
Lynn AC has been at the heart of South London’s thriving boxing community since its establishment in 1892. Over the years, it has nurtured numerous boxing talents, Adam Booth, Mickey Cantwell, Danny Williams, Ellie Scotney, Richard Riakporhe, Chris Okoh, Derek Angol, Chris Kongo, Daniel Dubois, Henry Akinwande and Wayne Alexander to name a few.
Matchroom Sport chairman Eddie Hearn visited Lynn AC, alongside Scotney and DAZN commentator Mike Costello, to see first-hand how early renovations are shaping up.
Eddie Hearn said: “The history here is incredible and we are delighted to provide much-needed financial support to save the Club and offer opportunities to hundreds of amateur hopefuls who enter this gym.
“Clubs like Lynn AC are the heart and soul of their local communities. Without grassroots, the sport doesn’t survive – and that is why we are proud, with the help of The Matchroom Charitable Foundation, to offer vital funds to ensure the stars of tomorrow have the best possible start in boxing.
“Our investment into grassroots will extend across the UK and beyond with many more exciting projects in the pipeline.”
Ellie Scotney said: ‘I first stepped through the doors here when I was 9-years-old. The club means so much to me and to so many people. It really is special to come back here as a world champion and help reopen the club with Matchroom for future generations to enjoy.’
Mike Costello said: “I first stepped through the doors here when I was 9-years-old. The club means so much to me and to so many people. It really is special to come back here as a world champion and help reopen the club with Matchroom for future generations to enjoy.”
The club has weathered many storms, including an air raid during World War II, but its enduring legacy has made it a cornerstone of the local community.
The grand reopening of Lynn AC is scheduled for September 28, marking a historic moment in the club’s long and storied history. Thanks to the support of the Matchroom Charitable Foundation, Lynn AC is poised to continue its legacy of producing future boxing champions and serving as a vital community resource for generations to come.
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