Carlisle Villa ABC celebrated a successful season at their annual end-of-season awards ceremony at the Upperby Men’s Institute.

The club reflected on what has been one of its most successful seasons, both inside and outside of the ring, at the event on Sunday.

Once again, Villa saw more than 30 boxers register to box competitively this year, while another two coaches joined the club.

In addition, Jimmy Brennan qualified as a class A referee and, alongside newly-appointed Class C judge Freddie Rowland and major panel judge George Graves, they have been busy officiating all across the region.

Having travelled to more than 80 shows across England and Scotland, the club also put on two highly successful home shows at the Crown & Mitre Hotel, where a 15-bout and a 18-bout card were held in front of sell-out crowds.

The club competed in 128 bouts this season, 41 of those being non-scoring skills and development contests. Of the 87 scoring contests, Carlisle Villa claimed 64 wins and suffered only 23 defeats on the road.

At the presentation, club coaches were commended for their commitment and dedication, while other thanks were given to the family and friends of those associated with the club for their. Everyone was updated on the success of the club outside of the ring with plans for redevelopment of their gym ongoing. That will, provide not only the boxers but the local community, with a superb facility to box and keep fit.

The club were also proud to announce the purchase of their new minibus.

Matty Hartley was named Villa’s best club boxer and won the Brian Jackson Memorial Shield.

Best senior went to Joe Kelly, Mikey Burgess won most promising senior boxer and Chris White was named most improved senior boxer.

Elsewhere, best junior went to Hartley, most promising junior boxer was Romano Renucci, Ben Thomson was most improved junior boxer and Orlando Quinn best schoolboy.

Meanwhile, Mikey Forsyth got the most promising schools’ boxer gong and Bobby Mitchel, Jack Lindsay and Tyler Brockbank were most improved schools boxers.