BEATH Boxing Club’s young fighters were making good progress after having their development halted by the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Created at the gym at 411 High Street, Cowdenbeath, it has a flourishing membership and when restrictions eased late last year, almost 40 youngsters were training with the coaching team.

However, the second lockdown, which started after Christmas, has again put a halt on the sessions which had seen kids from the age of four learning the noble art and having a lot of fun.

The club has been open since August 2019 and coach John Paul Hynd said they hoped to get minis (for kids aged four to seven) and cubs (for eight to 11-year-olds) up and running again, as well as the weekly sessions for ladies, teenagers and seniors.

“Things were going really well, with our primary focus being on giving kids some fitness opportunities, self discipline and respect for themselves and other people, but in March, when the first lockdown took place, everything understandably came to a halt,” he said.

And for one of the teen fighters it was particularly frustrating. Conor Hynd, 16 at the time, had got to the Scottish Youth finals, which had to be postponed.

“Conor had worked hard in training and fought well to get to the finals but unfortunately Covid saw everything put on hold," said John Paul.

“He also trains the club’s juniors so it was a double blow, but we know that it was something that had to be done for the greater good and hopefully as this year develops we can get back to some sort of normality.

“Our kids section has really exploded since the club opened and we have waiting lists in both the minis and cubs sections.

“The ladies section had also been doing well, while several of our members have been identified as being candidates to take part in the Novice Championships which will be coming up when the Covid restrictions are lifted.

“The enthusiasm and commitment of the youngsters for their training routines is quite inspiring and our coaches are tremendously encouraged by it."

The club also has a member with impaired sight who enjoys sessions at the gym.

While the current lockdown has seen everything at Beath Boxing Club put on hold, the club members and coaches keep in touch online, but John Paul said it's no substitute for sessions in the gym.

Meanwhile the club will be involved with an initiative with the Cowdenbeath Community Police Team.

John Paul explained: “Punch Beyond was an initiative which was scheduled to get underway last Spring but had to be shelved due to the lockdown.

“It is about involving young people in getting core values of courage, determination, respect and passion through the sport.”

Punch Beyond is a joint venture by Police Scotland, Active Schools, Youth Justice, Boxing Scotland and local boxing clubs, which aims to improve the quality of life for teenagers by giving them a range of new skills.

The programme is designed to educate young people on the influences that cause conflict and how to rationalise these types of situations, to make better choices.

It is all geared to helping youngsters who maybe have lost their way a little, get a new focus.