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Phoenix Project offers hope for Touchgloves Gym

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: November 28, 2013

  • The new Phoenix Project gym at Connor Downs

  • The warehouse as it looked prior to renovation.

  • Jackie Walkey kicks out during the Beat Street fight show

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TOUCHGLOVES Gym owner Nathan Kitchen has vowed to put a tough year behind him after relocating and opening a new premises at Connor Downs.

Nathan has revealed he considering calling it a day after the club were recently left without a premises in Penzance after 18 years teaching in the town.

But after launching the aptly named Phoenix Project, Nathan said: "This project has literally been a life saving ambition for me, ploughing myself into work after a marriage break-up and loss of a family member.

"To start with a 4,000 metre square warehouse just three months ago, self fund and build the whole thing from scratch and finish with three state of the art fitness studios has been my hardest project to date, but it has also been the most rewarding."

He added: "When it comes to teaching my heart will always be in Penzance and I will reopen a gym there shortly in what I hope will be a very productive 2014, but for the time being Connor Downs is our home and locals are already reaping the benefits from the training centre."

Alongside Touchgloves, which is being run by Nathan and former British No1 Isaac Ashley, the centre also hosts classes in judo and wing chun kung fu.

The Phoenix Project is also home to the v-fit studio, run by Vicky Church which provides fitness sessions such as the Les Mills Body Pump and even boasts a studio dedicated to pole dancing lessons and aerial/circus style performance sessions under the banner of Flightclub, run by Isla Marie Hull.

Following their biannual show at Penzance Leisure Centre, Touchgloves have regrouped their fight team and a trip to Plymouth last weekend saw Hayle duo Jake Hartley and Dan Lambert won their bouts against tough Plymouth opponents, despite only taking their fights at a fortnight's notice.

Another show is planned for March 23 in support of Phoebe Tswei who was recently diagnosed with leukaemia, and Nathan is urgently seeking sponsors to arrange a world title defence for Penzance's Lucy Payne.

Anyone wishing to train at Touchgloves for fitness, self defence or to compete can call Nathan on 077433348, email info@touchgloves.co.uk or visit www.touchgloves.co.uk

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