A PENZANCE gym that has trained world champions has moved to new premises.
Touchgloves has set up home at a custom-built facility at GEMS Bolitho School.
By moving to the private school, owner Nathan Kitchen, who founded the gym with wife Julie, the multiple Muay Thai World Champion, believes Touchgloves has now become the first Muay Thai boarding school and education project in the world.
"It hasn't been an easy ride by any means but this acceptance of the sport will definitely benefit the community," he said, adding that Touchgloves could now offer its services to foreign youngsters living and studying at GEMS Bolitho.
"The GEMS education project has recognised Touchgloves and the sport, despite it being a non-Olympic venture. It has ignored the sporting politics and has instead witnessed the development of Touchgloves students, its values within the community and committed to what it feels is an incomparable success story in the West Penwith area."
There are hopes similar Touchgloves schemes could also soon be rolled out in London and Dubai.
The gym has relocated after ten years at Branwell's Mill and now offers a free car park, male and female changing rooms/showers, as well as a high level of tuition for all ages and abilities. New pads and gloves line the walls and there are also 25 punchbag stations and a huge soft floor area.
The club also now boasts a new running club, starting on Monday, for all levels.
"Touchgloves started out as a small group of enthusiasts who started training Muay Thai for fun, fitness and self-defence and still insist that this is their priority rather than competition, despite training an amazing 32 champion fighters from the age of 7 and promoting three world champions, including 14-times world champion Julie Kitchen, who has become a household name across the globe and a sports ambassador both in and out of competition," said Mr Kitchen.
Touchgloves is holding an open day on Saturday, January 26, at the Polwithen Road school, where free consultations and training will be on offer. For information, call 07976 245880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org