Search

Hoxton’s Lion Club boxers move into new building – five years after winning development battle

PUBLISHED: 15:37 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:15 12 April 2017

Alan Parry, chairman of The Lion Club in Hoxton, with colleagues and young people. Picture: Polly Hancock

Alan Parry, chairman of The Lion Club in Hoxton, with colleagues and young people. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

Alan Parry’s work with The Lion boxing club in Hoxton is into its fifth decade – and the club has a brighter future than ever, he tells the Gazette.

Alan Parry spearheaded the old Lion Club's demolition and replacement by a state-of-the-art four-storey youth centre. Picture: Polly Hancock Alan Parry spearheaded the old Lion Club's demolition and replacement by a state-of-the-art four-storey youth centre. Picture: Polly Hancock

A retired accountant who lives in Southend might not sound like someone playing an integral role in Hackney’s sporting community.

But Alan Parry’s 45-year association with Hoxton’s The Lion Club, which earned him a British Empire Medal in 2012, has helped generations of young boxers in east London.

In his time Alan has brought the first Estonian boxing club to fight in the UK, taken the club to a “state of the art” new home in Pitfield Street with the help of Ray Winstone, and scrapped the club’s “boys-only” rule.

“The club has come a long way,” said Alan, 73.

"We’ve got lots of young talent coming through now. Will Coakley, one of our lads, was in the semi final of the youth championships for Great Britain and we’ve got lots of other great young boxers"

Alan Parry

It was Alan who drew up plans five years ago for the old club building to be knocked down and replaced by a seven-storey block, with three floors of homes funding the club on the lower levels.

After getting 1,000 signatures on a petition supporting the move and the public support of Homerton’s Hollywood actor Ray Winstone, the council approved the development.

And The Lion Club moved into its new premises eight weeks ago, having been training in temporary accommodation near The Angel, Islington.

“The build has really secured our future,” said Alan.

“The club is doing great at the moment and we’ve got about 30 boxers, boys and girls, coming in every night of the week.”

Despite running the club for decades and making the long journey to be there for training sessions several times a week, Alan was never a boxer himself. “I was more of a football man when I was young,” he admitted.

He became involved with the club through a boxer friend. When he found out it needed help with paperwork, he stepped in to offer his financial expertise. The club hasn’t looked back since.

“We’ve got lots of young talent coming through now,” he said. “Will Coakley, one of our lads, was in the semi final of the youth championships for Great Britain and we’ve got lots of other great young boxers.”

On receiving his British Empire Medal in 2012, Alan said: “I love what I do and really enjoy my work with the club. But to have that recognised with the medal made me really, really pleased.”

Related articles

Latest Hackney Stories

Heung-min Son and Davinson Sanchez will hope to inspire South Korea and Colombia respectively to success in their second group games

Middlesex’s bowlers showed fight on the third morning of their County Championship match with Leicestershire at a sunny Grace Road on Friday.

The experienced duo discussed who they think will win the 2018 World Cup recently

12:00

Which one of these nine defenders is England’s greatest centre back of all time?

The 22-year-old missed training on Thursday, but revealed he is desperate to get playing again as soon as possible

07:01

Read our daily World Cup blog as Layth Yousif reviews France v Peru.

Yesterday, 20:12

Middlesex’s Paul Stirling says they need a strong start to day three of their County Championship Division Two clash with Leicestershire if they are to force their way back into the contest.

Yesterday, 19:18

Leicestershire’s bowlers drove home the advantage after their batsmen, led by a first-class career best 196 not out by Colin Ackermann, posted an imposing first innings score in their Specsavers County Championship match against Middlesex at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road.

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now


Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists