History of the club

About our Club

The Larches and Savick Boxing Club first opened its doors on June 24th 2002. The club was set up by Joe Kilshaw, Jimmy Moon and David Fitzgerald.

They invested their own money along with grants from Preston City Sports Development Team, Preston Community Chest, and Awards for All to get the club off the ground. The club caters for two age groups 8-15 and 16 plus.

The community gain much more from the club than just boxing skills, such as self discipline, personal achievement and an awareness and respect of policies and rules. It is the commitment of the volunteer coaches, determination of the boxers and the generous support of local businesses such as Preston Recycling that have made the boxing club such a huge success.


With a tired building, too small to accommodate everyone who wanted to use the club, the original building was demolished. In its place a new purpose build facility has been built with the sponsorship of Marcus Worthington, Sport England and the ABA England. The new facility was furnished with sponsorship from Gallagher Ltd and the charity SPORTED.


The new club was opened on 12th July 2013 together with a new chapter for the Larches and Savick ABC Boxing Academy.

The club has already seen a number of champions since its launch and is looking forward to training several more. The club is run by a team of highly skilled senior coaches who all have extensive experience and have won several boxing awards between them.


Joe Kilshaw

Joe, a former pupil of Penwortham Priory High School, has been boxing since the age of nine. He won the British Schoolboy Championship whilst at Longton Boxing Club and went on to box for Bamber Bridge Amateur Boxing Club. He fought for England several times and on one notable occasion beat a Canadian Champion. Joe went on to be a senior and professionally rated boxer.

Jimmy Moon

Jimmy, a former pupil of Tulketh High School in Preston, also started boxing at the age of nine and won the British Schoolboy Championship. He was a notable senior boxer with Bamber Bridge Amateur Boxing Club and was a highly rated professional boxer. He was named Preston boxer of the year and represented his country on several occasions.

David Fitzgerald

David, who was brought up on the Larches estate and attended Ashton High School, started kickboxing and karate at the age of 12. He won several amateur championships before moving on to become British Professional Kickboxing Champion. He represented his country as an international kickboxer on several occasions. He was named Preston boxer of the year twice and was a notable senior boxer with the Bamber Bridge Amateur Boxing Club.