Trinity Boxing Club have announced important changes ahead of the new boxing season with two important positions at the club to change hands.
After 15 years in the role, club chairman Graham Butchart as stepped down due to other commitments but will stay on as part of the management committee.
Club leader Scott Rafferty paid tribute to the departing chairman. He said: “Graham has given the club fantastic service.
“His standing in the local community opened many doors for the club and his influence helped to establish the our place as one of the leading sports clubs in the area.
“Graham also provided a great financial input, including establishing the club’s current training base from which so many champions have already come.
“The club will always be in debt to Graham’s generosity and I know he was so proud of the boxer’s achievements and the club’s standing in the community.”
Graham will now become the first ever life vice president of the club, a role created to reward outstanding service and contribution to the club.
His position as chairman will be filled by long time club member and former boxing star Jon Fitch, who brings with him a wealth of experience.
Fitch will oversee a defining period in the club’s history as they look to move forward with a wealth of talent within their ever increasing membership.
Mr Rafferty added: “Jon will now help to keep us established as one of Ilkeston’s top sports clubs and help us move towards gaining the club mark accreditation that will allow us access to all Sport England have to offer community sports clubs.”
Another role change has seen Russ Henshaw take over as club captain from Jamie Chatburn, who has stood down due to work and family commitments.
Chatburn took the role as club captain last season and his enthusiastic style was an inspiration to his clubmates, and despite standing down as captain he plans to continue putting his best efforts into his boxing career.
Scott Rafferty said: “Jamie has given the club great service as captain and has been typically selfless in his decision to stand down.
“Russ Henshaw is in great form and carries an unbeaten record into the new season.
“His determination and enthusiasm is already a big part of the club’s preparations for the season he has said it will be a great honour to take the role of captain.”
The season starts on October 1 with the start of the National Novice Championships in Derby, as both Henshaw and Jake Harrison defend their Derbyshire titles.
Trinity will promote their first tournament of the new season at the Festival Inn, Trowell on Friday, October 21. Tickets go on sale next week. For more information contact Scott Rafferty on 079 5656 55 82.