Peterhead Boxing Club aim to overtake abandoned RAF Buchan site

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A Peterhead sports club are in negotiations to overtake the former RAF Buchan site at Boddam which has lain empty for almost fifteen years.

Peterhead Boxing Club want to renovate the facility which has been heavily vandalised and open it up to the community while using it as their new base.

A Spokesperson for the club said: “It’s a shame the facility has been empty and unused for so long.

“The building has been subjected to vandalism, with smashed windows and broken beer bottles around the outside of the building.

They added: “We want to try and renovate the property as best we can and use it to get kids off the street through the sport of boxing.”

The boxing club had over 300 members last year with up to 75 people using the facility per day.

One of their fighters, Artur Selivanovs, has also recently become the first Peterhead club boxer to turn pro and will make his professional debut in March.

The boxing club now feel that the time is right to move the club to the larger space which will enable them to have a boxing ring which they currently don’t have.

The Spokesperson said: “It won’t be a big fancy place, but it will be functional and will serve the community well.

“If we can agree terms and get it up and running we would encourage men, women and children of all ages to come along to use the facilities and get fit.”

The club will also look to hire out some of the rooms, with the main hall being used for parties at the weekend and they aim to build a social calendar and host community events in the hall.

They also aim to have a liquor licence for one night a month.

The facility is also large enough to house a gym for people who want to keep fit.

The Spokesperson said: “Boxing is a fantastic way to get in shape, to lose weight and tone-up and it’s a fun way to let off steam in a controlled environment and helps build confidence and bestows discipline.

“We’re also keen to build our Amateur Boxing team, so those who progress and wish to get into the contact side of the sport will get that opportunity too.”