A serious lack of facilities for youngsters in Dorchester became Ben Geyser’s target after starting the Portland Boxing Club and helping to establish the Swanage Club.
Starting in the Scout Hall in Lubbecke Way in 2003, the club proved ideal & popular, visited by young people eager to join the core activities of boxing, self-defence, weight-lifting and keep-fit.
The club soon outgrew the Scout hall, and the Attic at the Maltings (Brewery) was the next stop. A ring, bags, mirrors everything for a first class gym was set up. As more and more members joined the Attic had to be left behind as numbers dictated a larger gym.
Next stop was the Maltings basement. The extra size could accommodate even more equipment, and opportunities for other clubs to visit for sparring. Sadly, the Maltings complex was sold for redevelopment which meant that alternative accommodation would have to be found to keep the Club alive.
A rescue plan came in the shape of the Territorial Army premises at Poundbury Road, Dorchester which has perfect facilities.
In 2008 Head Coach Mr. Ben Geyser was awarded the BBC South Sports Award Unsung Hero. He went on to be recognised as the BBC National Sports Personality Unsung Hero Award.
The Club now boasts a register with both male and female members, thanks to the club’s motto that every child matters and is entitled to an education, sport and enjoyment. Everyone is welcome and parents are encouraged to play a part; ABA Coaches Courses are available for the adults who would like to get involved.
Many a boxer says, “If it wasn’t for the boxing I could have wobbled off of the rails.” The Club is regularly thanked by parents saying that their child now has a purpose and feels talented, confident and wanted.
Three sessions a week have again proved insufficient, so The Duchy of Cornwall have stepped in and are leasing the Boxing Club a plot of land on The Sawmills Site. The ground has been tested, the plans passed all the club needs now is the money to build a multi purpose gym to house as many other organisations as ourselves. The gym will be available at all times. Click here to view the proposed plans.
The boxing club is needed and must be kept alive to leave a necessary and lasting legacy for Dorchester.