THE head coach of Wigton Boxing Club says the club is still on the up, as the number of boxers and coaches is on the rise.

Founder and head coach of Wigton Amateur Boxing Club, Andi Crossman, insists that due to an increase in numbers attending both junior and senior sessions, the club has been able to send four club members to become qualified coaches.

The club now has the following qualified coaches: Darren Gallagher, Dale Blaylock, Jack Pattinson and Mikey Mackereth.

The club now has six qualified coaches at its disposal, and as a result the club is now able to open its doors four days a week, as opposed to the current two days.

After a shortage of cash and volunteers, the club was on the brink of collapse in January of 2017, but now the future looks bright for the club.

Andi said: "We will now open Wigton ABC four days each week as opposed to the two we already run.

"This will give members more flexibility to make training, and also give the boxers the potential to advance in fitness and technique.

"I urge all competitive boxers and up-and-coming boxers to try and attend all four sessions, this boost in training will pay great dividends when entering the ring."

The timetable for the new structure, which began on Tuesday, will be as follows:

Tuesday: Juniors 5.30pm - 6.30pm Seniors 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Wednesday: Advanced training for carded boxers and potential boxers 5.30pm - 6.45pm

Thursday Morning: High intensity interval training (HIIT) class 10am-10.45am

Thursday Evening: Juniors 5.30pm - 6.30pm Seniors 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Friday: Juniors 5.30pm - 6.30pm Seniors 6.30pm - 7.30pm