Battlebridge Amateur Boxing Club and Sports Facility history
Battlebridge Boys Club was formed by a group of concerned parents in the late 1950's. Their concern was the lack of youth club facilities in the Merstham and North Redhill area.
These parents organised football, cricket, and athletics. Meeting in their various homes they realised the club needed a meeting place and base, if it was to develop and offer a year round outlet for their members. After many jumble sales and sponsored events they were able to raise the money to build the club house in Frenches road.
They joined the Surrey Association of boys Clubs and grew from strength to strength. The club was officially opened in November 1963 by the then Mayor of Reigate and Banstead Council. It provided
for a five nights a week youth club.
As well as the traditional youth club activities the club also developed a very successful Boxing section and it became apparent football was to play a big part in the clubs popularity.
In the 1970's skateboarding was introduced and culminated in a visit to U.S.A. Also at this time the Battlebridge International Youth Football Festival started and quickly became one of the most
important local football tournaments.
Attracting clubs from Italy, Holland, Germany, France and Scotland plus teams from all over England. The club returned these visits sometimes as many as three European tours a year.
Unfortunately the Youth Club had to be suspended whilst development work went on around the club house.
Around 2005, the Club decided to change its name and membership to encourage girls football and become Battlebridge Club.
Following the increase in numbers of local football clubs, the committee decided to diversify into another discipline for the youth of the area, being Amateur Boxing.
The club house was completely re-vamped internally and an all weather pitch being erected to the rear of the club house.
The new facility was finally re-opened in 2009 and has since undergone further changes within the coaching structure of the club.
The club is extremely pleased to welcome George Brown to the role of Head Coach prior to the start of season 2011-12 with his vast knowledge of amateur boxing and fitness regimes. George has brought with him some of the coaches that have worked with him for many years, enhancing the clubs coaching team.