TENBY Sharks Boxing Club has only been running for four months - but with nearly 70 members on its books it is clear to see that the town has warmed to the return of the sport in the area. 

The club has grown from a passion to teach people of whatever age, male or female, how to box whilst getting fit along the way.

Head coach Mark Davies explained: "We are predominantly a boxing club but that doesn't mean that everyone that comes along wants to box.

"Many come along for the fitness side of things and as a bi-product find that by participating their stress levels decrease, their confidence increases and they feel better in themselves."

Mark admits setting up the club has not been easy, and affter months of searching for a suitable venue it was a chance meeting that led to the boxing club now being located in Tenbys De Valence Pavilion. 

With the backing of the De Valence Trust, it enabled locals to rally around the local businesses to gain further support and funding to start the club.

"Tenby really got behind what we were trying to achieve, and we raised around £4600 through donations from local businesses and a fund raising evening of music," added Mark.

"We also had a boxing ring bought for us by Neil Birtles from Aztec Glass. Without that there would have been no club, so we are eternally grateful."

And now the club is offering new boxers a unique opportunity - by hosting a charity white collar event at the beginning of December, to raise money for The Macmillan Support Trust. 

The idea is that participants, with no or little experience, train to box for around 10-12 weeks. 

After the training period they are matched by weight and experience to compete in a one off bout, wearing headguards and 16oz gloves, at a black tie event in Tenby. 

Anyone interested can contact the organisers via the Tenby Sharks Boxing Club Facebook page.

Training takes place every Monday and Wednesday for juniors from 5.30-6.30pm, and for seniors from 6.30-8pm. Seniors can also train 7-8pm on a Friday.

The club is also starting a women only class on a Tuesday from 6.30-7.30pm.

It costs £2 per session for juniors with a £5 membership fee at the second session; £3 per session for seniors with a £10 membership fee at the second session; and the women's class will just be £3 per session