Grangemouth’s Sam has to box clever to find perfect premises

Sam McLeod is looking for a venue for his Sparta Boxing Club
Sam McLeod is looking for a venue for his Sparta Boxing Club

A young trainer has a real fight on his hands to find a venue for his club members in time for the new boxing season.

Grangemouth fitness expert Sam McLeod (22) has the knowledge, desire and commitment to make his Sparta Boxing Club work. He also has around 30 people ready and waiting to be trained by him.

Unfortunately he does not have anywhere to train them.

Sam started the club in January last year and it became popular in a short space of time, with members regularly training at Bo’ness Recreation Centre.

“I invested in equipment for the gym myself,” said Sam. “Then I had a bit of a personal disagreement with the centre’s duty manager.”

The club, which was forced to vacate the centre, found itself without a home and Sam has been desperately searching for suitable premises for most of 2014 without success.

“I’ve lost six guys to other clubs and the members who are left are standing by me hoping I find a place, so I feel bad for them. I’ve tried community halls and other facilities, but everything’s booked solid.”

Sam went to Falkirk Council about a property in Grangemouth’s Kerse Road, but his hopes were dashed.

A council spokesman said: “We are keen to continue assisting Mr McLeod. Unfortunately the council properties he has enquired about so far have not been suitable for commercial gym purposes.

“In April the council offered to run property searches for him on a weekly basis but Mr McLeod has not contacted the council directly since in this regard. In addition the council has offered assistance to Mr McLeod via its Business Gateway Service with a view to enhancing his business plan.”