Frank Bruno boxing centre in Northampton due to open at the end of next month
The foundation has spent years trying to find the perfect location
A community centre for mental health services and boxing is due to open at the end of the next month.
The Frank Bruno Foundation confirmed the Standens Barn Community centre in the Eastern District of Northampton as its location last year.
Since then, they have been working hard to make 'The Round by Round Centre' ready for the community and are hopeful it will be ready at the end of March.
Frank Bruno took to Twitter to share his excitement that his foundation’s centre is nearly ready.
The tweet said: “The Frank Bruno Boxing Academy will be opening late March early April in Northampton.
“I’m looking forward to training some up and coming boxers.”
Councillor for East Hunsbury and adviser to the board for The Frank Bruno Foundation, Brandon Eldred, added: “The building work started in early December. We’ve refitted the whole place out, putting in the gym, changing rooms, an office and counselling rooms.
“We’ve spruced up the area generally as well as round the outside.
“We’re putting programmes together that we are going to start publishing soon.
“We’re hopeful to open at the end of March, when we’ll have a big opening.
“We’ll have a day for professionals to look round and a day for the community to look round.”
Once the centre opens its doors, the community will benefit from mental health services during the day and a boxing gym in the evenings.
Cllr Eldred said: “We’re hoping the centre will get the young people in the area off the streets and give them something to do.
“We’ve been looking for an area with high deprivation and mental health issues. We’ve been trying for years to get a centre and this one is perfect.
“The people of the Eastern District have been crying out for something for years.
“I think it will be a great asset to Northampton. It’s only going to benefit the community and I am privileged to have been asked to be involved.”
The centre, which is easily accessible by public transport from the town centre, will serve the wider community of Northampton too.
Cllr Eldred also thanked Northampton Borough Council for ‘fully supporting’ the project and for being ‘a real help with the building’.
An exact opening date for the centre will be announced soon.