The club’s plans for ‘The Box’ will see demolition of the existing club and creation of a community wellbeing hub featuring a main gymnasium, classrooms/ training rooms, a music and dance studio, and climbing zone.
The plans also include four social enterprise units, a training kitchen and a ‘coffee dock’ and will help the applicants to deliver a wide range of support services, with the aim of helping young people to become economically active as well as have improved lives.
This will represent a £8m investment creating 75 – 100 construction jobs. Work, depending on funding, is expected to begin in April 2024.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Mark Cooper BEM said:
This impressive project will be of substantial value to young people suffering from mental health issues or other challenging conditions.
The ambitious and varied support being brought to the community by Monkstown Boxing Club makes for an impressive example of practical help being used to make a real difference to a large number of people.
Chairman of the Planning Committee Councillor Robert Foster added:
The Box will further enhance the great work this club already provides to the local community. It will create a focal point where young people can find support, stay active, make new friends and lean on the expertise of others to improve their lives.