Calling all Kildare scrappers for Rumble at the Racecourse

Ever fancied stepping into a boxing ring? Think you could have been a contender? It’s not too late to lace up your gloves... and raise some cash for a worthy cause in the process.

Ever fancied stepping into a boxing ring? Think you could have been a contender? It’s not too late to lace up your gloves... and raise some cash for a worthy cause in the process.

Naas-based White Collar Boxing is looking for 60 would-be champs - both men and women - to put themselves forward for the ultimate challenge in aid of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC).

Rumble at the Racecourse is a six week training programme of white collar boxing in the National Stadium, which will culminate in two boxing events in Club 92, Leopardstown Racecourse on May 25 and 26.

Former Kildare Olympian Cathal O’Grady, who runs the White Collar Boxing organisation, said: “This is a great fundraising event to get involved in – with the added benefit of being a physical challenge.

“Once you step into the ring, you will never forget the sheer adrenaline that pumps through your veins and the electric atmosphere that fills the room!” said the Kildare man, who boxed for Ireland at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Training for the Rumble will start on April 17 and will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights for six weeks.

15 bouts will take place on each of the fight nights in May, and each boxer will be paired with a fellow contender of equal strength and agility.

Each fighter will be asked to sell 25 tickets at a cost of €20 each. Tickets will cover entry to the event and nightclub till close.

White Collar Boxing has been training novice adult boxers since 2005, for fun and fitness, and to bring the benefits of boxing to a previously neglected audience. It has also successfully run over 100 events for various corporates, clubs and charities in Ireland

AnnMarie Burke, ISPCC Community Fundraiser said: “The ISPCC is delighted to be benefiting from Rumble at the Racecourse. No previous experience is needed and people of all different athletic ability are wanted so don’t be afraid to get involved. The funds raised from Rumble at the Racecourse will help the ISPCC reach out to and support some of the most vulnerable and lonely children in Ireland”.

For more information or to register call 1850 50 40 50 or email rumble@ispcc.ie.