A Preston boxing gym is all set for a fresh start at a new venue.
Johnney Roye is taking his MTK Manchester set-up from Oyston Mill on Strand Road to a former school building in Lostock Hall.
The new set-up will allow the amateur and professional coach to start classes for children aged five and up and tap into the local community more.
The doors will open on the new gym on Brownedge Road on the Our Lady and St Gerard’s site on November 1.
“I’m absolutely made up,” said Roye, a former world kickboxing champion.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to achieve a position between various estates and schools in order to serve the community better.
“The passing trade is going to take off.
“There are so many improvements because of the size of the building.
“There will be women’s-only boxing classes and our mini-Mayweather classes for the youngsters, who will now be starting at just five years of age rather than the previous starting age of 10.
“This area we live in is full of talent and there are so many kids in our surrounding area who do not have enough to do because of the closure of various youth clubs in the area. This will be vital for them.
“With this move, we’ll see an increase in the amounts of students with kids from all kinds of backgrounds.
“There’ll be some real talent coming through. We’ve been doing really well but now we’re going to be doing even better.”
Roye’s next major professional show has also been confirmed.
MTK Manchester are behind a packed card at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on Friday, November 9, Roye having already overseen successful shows at the Guild Hall and at Bolton Wanderers’ University of Bolton Stadium this year.