Tamworth Boxing Club were within touching distance of an international award, but the club has gone down swinging as the accolade went elsewhere.
The European Boxing Confederation nominated Tamworth Boxing Club, along with eight other clubs, for the Passion for Boxing General Inclusion award but the Staffordshire club were beaten to it by England Boxing’s In Your Corner programme.
Head Coach and Manager at Tamworth, Alan Keast, did not hide the disappointment.
“Once you get nominated you want to win. Nobody wants to be the runner-up,” Keast said.
“But it’s like a boxer; sometimes it doesn’t go to plan so you get yourself up and start again.”
The Passion for Boxing awards target grassroots clubs to highlight to their work for the sport and the community.
Two other awards, the Public Choice award and Crime Prevention and Reduction award, were announced alongside the General Inclusion award on Tuesday November 14th with each winner receiving £250 from the EUBC.
But for Keast, receiving recognition for their efforts on such a large stage is an achievement in itself.
“This is the first international award we’ve been nominated for.
“It’s brilliant to get regional awards. It’s outstanding to get national awards. But it’s out of this world to go international,” he added.
“Of course, we were over the moon.”
Tamworth Boxing Club, founded in 1969, has always strived to boost participation in the area and Keast believes that was the reason the club’s nomination.
“We’re always pushing the boundaries. We’re always coming up with innovative ideas to get people involved in sport,” Keast said.
“We like to try and push the boundaries to get people active and get people to be the best that they can possibly be, regardless of what level that is.”
Keast insists that, awards or not, Tamworth Boxing Club will continue to do all it can to provide a service to the local community.