Hoile calls for help to save community club

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Paulsgrove faces being left without a boxing club as City of Portsmouth fights for its future.

The club is set to be left homeless after it was told to vacate its base at Beacon View Primary Academy.

Now City’s head coach Tony Hoile is urging the Paulsgrove community to lend its help in searching for new premises.

Hoile is determined to see the club remain in the area and offer a sporting outlet to children.

He explained he has until the start of October to put a roof over their head.

City currently have 15 carded boxers and regularly draw in up to 40 people for their sessions.

On top of that, the outfit host a thriving academy for boxers under the age of 10.

That is all now under threat unless a homes for the club can be found.

Hoile said: ‘We’re homeless and have nowhere to go.

‘We’ve been at the school for a number of years but the headteacher at the school has said he wants us out.

‘He has given us until the beginning of October but that has already been extended from July. I’m struggling to find premises at the moment.

‘We have 15 carded boxers and the Academy is getting up to 35 children.

‘There seems to be no backing in our area and the parents aren’t happy with the way their children are being treated.

‘Telling the children and the mums and dads we are out with nowhere to go is heartbreaking.

‘It feels we are being dumped and have no support.

‘I thought we were talking about boxing going into schools as a positive thing but we’re getting no help.

‘I’ve registered the club for next season which costs a lot of money.

‘Now we need to do everything we can to keep the club going.’

Hoile is determined to fight for Paulsgrove to continue having a club available to residents, with the area having strong links with the sport.

That connection reaches back decades and the coach feels it would be a bleak moment if it was broken.

Hoile added: ‘It has to be in Paulsgrove – that’s the home of the club.

‘We’ve worked hard to get a boxing club in the Paulsgrove area.

‘You can go back to the Hillside Youth Club days, when it was one of the top clubs in the south.

‘That was a really, really good club and there is a big boxing history in the area.

‘So to lose that and for the area not to have a boxing club would be a really sad thing.

‘To think there wouldn’t be a boxing future for the area is a nightmare.’