Peterhead boxing club take over Boddam site

Young boxer Kyle Gothard at the renovated centre as work is ongoing
Young boxer Kyle Gothard at the renovated centre as work is ongoing

Peterhead Boxing Club have officially taken over the RAF Buchan NAAFI site at Boddam and plan to renovate it as a community centre.

The site, which has lain empty for nearly fifteen years, will be reopened to the public as the Buchan Braes Community Centre.

James Price, Peterhead Boxing Club Chairman, said: “We wanted to open a centre for the local community that would attract local clubs and to house our own boxing club.

“We wanted to provide opportunity through sport and encourage participation at all levels.”

Work is already well underway on the project and the boxing club hope to have the facility open to the public in April in time for the Easter Break.

Mr Price said: “We received great backing and encouragement from the local community, which helped us every step of the way.

“We were inundated with volunteers and well-wishers, which helped keep everyone motivated and focused on achieving our goals.”

Mr Price was also full of praise for the Peterhead Boxing Club committee and Aberdeenshire Council who he said were very positive about the undertaking and very helpful in getting the project started.

Councillor Stuart Pratt, Buchan Area Committee Chairman, said: “Peterhead Boxing Club have gone from strength to strength and built up an excellent reputation for work with young people.

The Club teach the importance of discipline and exercise, nutrition and self-esteem.”

He added: “We have been pleased to offer our support to their work.”

The centre plans to be able to cater for a number of different clubs and events.

It boasts a main hall with kitchen and serving hatch, a nursery with toddlers toilets, changing facilities and kitchen and offices and meeting rooms.

There will also be a fitness suite and a fully equipped boxing and fitness gym.