A CLUB hopes to bring on the next Nicola Adams as it welcomes a new generation in to the ring.
Easington Boxing Club was launched to get boys off the streets and give them something positive to do with their spare time.
Now in its third year, it is expanding to welcome girls and younger schoolchildren at its base at Inta-Fitness Gym in Easington Colliery.
They hope the London 2012 Games and the success of 29-year-old gold medal winner Nicola will inspire others to give the sport a try.
The club, formed with the support of gym owner Frank Ayre, is led by Sunderland boxer Glen Bosher, a chief coach, who along with his assistant Steve Wood, is qualified with the Amateur Boxing Association.
Glen said: “We are actively engaging the schools within Easington, who also have students from neighbouring villages, to take the opportunity, to come to the gym and learn a disciplined sport.
“They’ll also enjoy a great fitness regime, make friends and potentially box at a high level within the sport.”
Children aged from 10 can sign up to the club, which meets from 7pm to 8.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The club recently said goodbye to a coach after he moved on to a new venture and its bosses are interested in hearing from volunteers.