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Selkirk FC host "donate on the gate" game

Selkirk Football Club are appealing to fans to join in their "donate on the gate" match this afternoon.

The club are playing at home against Gretna and instead of charging fans money to watch the game, they're asking for food donations.

The items collected will be donated to local foodbanks in the Scottish Borders.

Kick-off is at 2pm at Yarrow Park.

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Story's £1.1m loan to Carlisle United written off

CUFC Brunton Park Credit: ITV Border News

Cumbrian businessman Fred Story has agreed to write off his £1.1 million loan to Carlisle United.

The loan was made from his company, Story Homes, during his time as owner of the club.

“I have obviously watched how the club has performed since I moved on and I can see they have hit a rough patch recently, with the relegation from League One and the run of results through the first part of this season.

“I have always said the football club is at the heart of our community and my intention, from the moment I walked into the building in 2003, was to help as much as I could to make it a success.

“At this moment in time I feel the best way I can achieve that is to waive the loan, with no strings attached, and hope that it provides the lift needed in all areas to allow the club to push on and get back to where we all want it to be.”

– Fred Story

“Fred has been a big supporter of this club for as long as I have known him and this, once again, shows how much he wants us to do well."

– Chairman Andrew Jenkins

“Fred took over at a difficult time and left the club in a fantastic position in 2008. The writing off of this loan will certainly help the financial position of the business and will, of course, take over £1.1 million off the balance sheet with immediate effect."

– Managing director John Nixon

Building work starts on new leisure centre

Proposed Workington leisure centre Credit: Allerdale Borough Council

Building work gets underway today on a new leisure centre at Brow Top in Workington. The facility's expected to cost around £10 million.

The project recently attracted £1.5m extra from Sport England to further enhance the facilities including:

  • A learner pool with a high-tech moveable floor which can be raised or lowered –helping accessibility and safety for the smallest of children and disabled swimmers.
  • Two lifts to give greater accessibility for visitors.
  • A professional-standard timing system, installed in the main swimming pool, for use in local and regional competitions.
  • Additional seating in the swimming pool’s viewing gallery.
  • Enhanced fixed furnishings and equipment - this will range from better audio equipment for the dance studios to improved facilities for disabled people including walk-in steps to the pool rather than traditional ladders, and additional hoists.
Proposed Workington leisure centre Credit: Allerdale Borough Council

The new facility is expected to open in Spring 2016.

King of the ring

Congratulations to Carlisle boxer Rusty Peebles.

He was fighting for the Amateur Boxing Association Novice championship in London over the weekend and won the title on a split decision.

Rusty has been in the sport for less than a year and fights out of the Currock House club that doesn't even have a ring of its own.

Here's some footage from his fight at the weekend:

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Botcherby teen crowned boxing champion

Amateur Boxing Association Novice Champion Rusty Peebles Credit: ITV Border

16-year-old Rusty Peebles from Botcherby has been crowned the Amateur Boxing Association Novice Champion after winning the final of his weight division last night.

Rusty trains out of the Currock House Boxing Club, a community organisation that doesn't even have its own ring.

He will bring his trophy back to the club tomorrow to meet the other 30 young fighters who train there.

No ring Rust

Sixteen year old Rusty Peebles has been boxing for less than a year but has already beaten some of the countries best up and coming fighters on his way to the Amateur Boxing Associaitions Schoolboy championships final.

His achievement is all the more remarkable considering that he fights out of a small community club that doesn't even has it's own ring. Ryan Dollard has the full report:

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