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Belfast's amateur boxing clubs to get £600k

Belfast's amateur boxing clubs are to benefit from a cash boost worth more than half-a-million pounds, the city council has revealed.

The £600,000 investment to improve facilities, enhance coaching and promote the sport over the next decade was unveiled at the Ulster Hall, where household names like Barry McGuigan won titles.

“Boxing is a very successful sport in the city; you only have to look at the success of local boxers at last year's Olympics,” Deputy Lord Mayor Tierna Cunningham said.

“However, many clubs are working out of inadequate facilities which make them unattractive as sports arenas — we will be hoping to support clubs to change that.”

The 10-year strategy will look at increasing school involvement and there will also be a major drive to attract more women into the sport.

Belfast Telegraph