The Phoenix Boxing Club formally known as Willingdon Trees Boxing Club is a non-profit making amateur boxing club run by volunteers. It was started in 2008 by PC Dave Selby, who was the local police beat officer in that area. His goal was to tackle anti-social issues within the community and give young people a safe activity in the evenings where they could meet new people, learn new skills, and keep fit. Also to instil a sense of discipline, respect and self-control which is vital in boxing. Recognising it was important to invest in the young people of Eastbourne, the club was supported by funding from the Crime Reduction Partnership to buy a boxing ring and other equipment. Since the formation of the club in Willingdon Trees, there was a considerable drop in youth related crime in the area.

In 2009 Willingdon Trees Boxing Club was awarded the `Best Community Group Achievement` award at the Winter Gardens, which recognises achievement within the community.

Dave Selby is still involved with the club and with a new committee in place, we realised that the club had outgrown the facilities at the community centre. With a great deal of fundraising and a generous donation from The John Jackson Trust we secured a new premises at 142 Langney Road, Eastbourne. Formally the Phoenix Auction Rooms it was decided to rename the club The Phoenix Boxing Club.
The Phoenix Boxing are looking for local businesses who would like to help and give something back within their community. A small donation can go a long way and really make a difference. We already have some local businesses on board but need more to ensure our ongoing success.

We would like to say thank you to all our sponsors who have made the new club possible especially The John Jackson Trust without who`s help and guidance we would not have been able to bring this dream to fruition:
  • The John Jackson Trust
  • Sonny Maintenance Group
  • Mark Bishop Plumbing
  • King Brothers
  • Booker & Best
  • LMBD
  • Bourne Flooring
  • Bishop and Levitt
  • SCS 4 Vans
  • Survey Roofing
  • Bonners Music Store
  • Hopkins and Partners
If you would like to associate your business with Phoenix Boxing Club and the fantastic community work we are doing please contact Anita or Joe Smith on 07754748384 or email them at