US News Gutted by Grenfell fire, boxing gym comes off the ropes

13:25  13 june  2018
13:25  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The tower fire destroyed a youth club.

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Forced to move out of Grenfell Tower after a devastating fire a year ago on Thursday, the famous Dale Youth boxing club has become an unlikely sanctuary for those affected.

The club, which has produced two world champions in George Groves and James DeGale, is operating temporarily out of a multi-storey car park in west London near the site of the blaze.

A young boxer trains at the Box Clever Sports club in Ladbroke Grove, west London on June 8, 2018. - The iconic Dale Youth boxing club has picked itself off the canvas since being gutted in the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people and become an unlikely sanctuary for those affected. (Photo by BEN STANSALL / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY - 'Britain-fire-Grenfell-box' by Pirate IRWIN        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty A young boxer trains at the Box Clever Sports club in Ladbroke Grove, west London on June 8, 2018. - The iconic Dale Youth boxing club has picked itself off the canvas since being gutted in the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people and become an unlikely sanctuary for those affected. (Photo by BEN STANSALL / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY - 'Britain-fire-Grenfell-box' by Pirate IRWIN (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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NICK Knowles and his DIY SOS team are rebuilding a boxing gym destroyed by the Grenfell fire . Dale Youth Boxing Academy trained boxing stars such as George Groves and James DeGale.

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"Everyone has a close attachment to the Tower," Joe Sweeney, a trainer at the club for the past three years, told AFP on a recent visit to the gym's new spartan and sombre surroundings.

The fire spread quickly through the 24-storey apartment block in the early hours of June 14 last year, killing 71 people.

The state-of-the-art Dale Youth boxing club in London has produced more than 100 national champions © Provided by AFP The state-of-the-art Dale Youth boxing club in London has produced more than 100 national champions The state-of-the-art gym, which has also produced more than 100 national champions, was on the first floor of the tower.

"People lost their lives and homes. The gym being destroyed is an afterthought and of secondary importance," Sweeney, 34, said, as around 30 enthusiastic boys sparred and gave punchbags -- some as heavy as 200 pounds (91 kilos) -- a pounding.

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The fire at Grenfell Tower in London that claimed 79 lives (and counting) gutted a legendary amateur boxing club on the first floor of the 24-story block. Dale Youth isn't just any old ABC (amateur boxing club).

A mile or so from Loftus Road stood Grenfell Tower, alone in the September mid-afternoon sun. It was vacant, gutted , burnt, the site of one of the most shocking fires in living memory. Shahin Sadafi scores his penalty past Jose Mourinho after the pair had laughed off the tension of the occasion.

Boxing coach Moutaz Chellat (left) lost five members of his family in the Grenfell Tower disaster © Provided by AFP Boxing coach Moutaz Chellat (left) lost five members of his family in the Grenfell Tower disaster

Sweeney said that the boys aged eight and upwards who come to the club, many of whom knew people who died in the fire, were "affected" but not as traumatised as might be expected.

"Kids are pretty resilient and get over things quickly whereas adults hang on to stuff and such events are something we don't handle very well," Sweeney said.

Fifteen-year-old Jodie lost a close friend in the fire, Yahya Hashim.

The two used to do homework together.

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Jodie joined the club a month after the fire claimed the life of 13-year-old Yahya, his two brothers and his parents.

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The Grenfell Tower fire that claimed 79 lives (and counting) also gutted a legendary amateur boxing club on the first floor of the 24-story building. One old boy who used to clean the gym , and the father of three former junior boxers , both perished in the blaze that turned the council house block into the

The boxing club that lost its home in the Grenfell fire . The Dale Youth boxing club was based in the Grenfell tower. A month on from the fire , the volunteers who run the club say the loss of their gym will have a massive impact on the young people who use it.

"It was a shock," he told AFP.

The fire "is in the back of our minds but we have to move on".

The gym is due to move into new premises later in June © Provided by AFP The gym is due to move into new premises later in June

"People have moved past blaming each other and the community has been strengthened so much and now we are all in unison and helping each other to get through it."

Asked if joining the gym was a way of honouring Yahya's memory, Jodie answered simply: "Yes, it is.

"Because this gym is linked to him as he would walk past it every day to school.

"I will always have a sense of him when I am here."

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The kitchen from flat 16 at the Grenfell Tower is seen in this undated handout image, presented as part of Professor Niamh Nic Daeid's report to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in London: The kitchen from flat 16 at the Grenfell Tower. Grenfell Tower Inquiry/Handout via Inside flat 16 at the Grenfell Tower

- 'Removes that anger' -

On the night that Grenfell Tower went up in flames, club trainer Moutaz Chellat looked on helplessly as five of his family -- his uncle and aunt and three of their children -- died.

"I lived downstairs from the tower, I could see it from my window and ran out," the 40-year-old, who has been a youth worker for nearly two decades, told AFP.

"It wasn't a good feeling, panicking and all that."

Chellat said training the young at the gym helped him emotionally.

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The tower fire destroyed a youth club.

The boxing club, housed in Grenfell Tower, was destroyed in last week's fire 13/51. A local resident stands on her balcony by the gutted Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road. One or two old boxers came out from flats and stood with McGuinness; they all knew they were watching people they knew die.

Young boxers train at the Box Clever Sports club in Ladbroke Grove, west London on June 8, 2018. - The iconic Dale Youth boxing club has picked itself off the canvas since being gutted in the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people and become an unlikely sanctuary for those affected. (Photo by BEN STANSALL / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY - 'Britain-fire-Grenfell-box' by Pirate IRWIN        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Young boxers train at the Box Clever Sports club in Ladbroke Grove, west London on June 8, 2018. - The iconic Dale Youth boxing club has picked itself off the canvas since being gutted in the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people and become an unlikely sanctuary for those affected. (Photo by BEN STANSALL / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY - 'Britain-fire-Grenfell-box' by Pirate IRWIN (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

"It removes that anger and angry feeling towards certain things," he said.

Head coach Gary McGuinness, who has worked at Dale Youth for 15 years, said more local boys were coming to the gym following the fire.

McGuinness commands respect in the gym as he sweeps round the room, cajoling gently, encouraging and sparring with the kids in the ring.

He lost a close acquaintance in 65-year-old Tony Disson, whose three sons won medals and championships for the club.

"He was a big part of our club," McGuinness said.

More local boys are going to the Dale Youth boxing club in London since the 2017 fire in Grenfell Tower where it was based © Provided by AFP More local boys are going to the Dale Youth boxing club in London since the 2017 fire in Grenfell Tower where it was based

"He would love to have seen the new club we have, that is for sure," he said wistfully.

The gym is due to move into new premises on June 24.

"We are going to push on, we have another home," Sweeney said.

"We can go there and keep helping the community and building champions.

"Lots of the boys are still here from before and working to realise their dreams."

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The fire at Grenfell Tower in London that claimed 79 lives (and counting) gutted a legendary amateur boxing club on the first floor of the 24-story block. Dale Youth isn't just any old ABC (amateur boxing club).

The boxing gym destroyed in the Grenfell fire Jump to media player Volunteers say the loss of their gym will have a massive impact on the young people who use it.

Ministers finally say they will ban combustible cladding on high-rise buildings after the Grenfell Tower fire but give no deadline for its use .
In a statement today, housing minister James Brokenshire promised to make it illegal to cover the outside of high-rises with flammable materials like the ones used on the west London block. But he failed to set a deadline, suggesting the decision would only be made after a consultation. 'I have listened carefully to concerns and I intend to ban the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, subject to consultation,' he said.Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey London social housing block, was engulfed in flames after fire broke out in the middle of the night in June last year.

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