Neil Bibby MSP and Councillor Jimmy Miller have praised the IMC Project in Saltcoats as an “excellent initiative” after visiting on Thursday, February 13.

IMC stands for Inspire, Motivate and Celebrate and provides boxing training to local young people four times a week, in addition to running a foodbank.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Chairman of the IMC Project said: “It was great to welcome Neil and Jimmy who were very impressed with what we are doing and what we are trying to achieve in our area of high deprivation with our youngsters.

“Neil and Jimmy seen first-hand how much of an impact the project is making in our community for the better and especially with the youngsters who are involved. They are a dream to work with and all have so much talent they all just need a chance and a break.

“These youngsters have totally turned their lives around through sport and are working really hard in tackling all challenges that lie ahead. We are trying to make community leaders within our towns. They are a huge asset to our community. Our Foodbank has also really taken off and we are delivering hampers daily in the Three Towns.”

The boxing gym opened last year and is based in the town’s Springvale Street. Neil Bibby, Labour MSP for West Scotland, explained the positive impact the gym is having on the local community.

He said: “I was delighted to attend the IMC Project in Saltcoats along with Councillor Jimmy Millar and see first-hand from the Chairman, Councillor Jim Montgomery, the significant impact it is having in the area and the support it is giving local young people.

“There is often concerns raised about kids hanging around the streets but we need to ensure that young people are supported and are able to participate in activities they enjoy in their community - and this project does exactly that.

“The boxing club is helping young people exercise, be trained in healthier lifestyles and learn the discipline that comes with competitive sport.

“The work the project is doing to support people in need with food hampers also demonstrates a huge contribution to the community.”