YOUNGSTERS at the IMC Project are more used to working out in the boxing ring but these days the teenagers are busy working up a sweat gutting out their gym.

The Springvale Street boxing gym was given £31,000 from the National Lottery ad sportscotland earlier in the year.

And now, under the guidance of boxing coach Jim Montgomerie, the kids who train are helping to knock down walls, rip up floors and they are loving the new workout regime.

The Inspire, Motivate and Celebrate Project was set up by

Councillor Jim Montgomerie to help keep youngsters off the streets and focused on their fitness.

The gym may be small but it is packed with punch bags, a boxing ring and space for the youngsters to skip and do cardio workouts with Jim and the coaches.

Now, it is undergoing a transformation and although it is an empty shell at the moment, it looks set to look brand new when the work is finished.

Jim said: “Every one of the youngsters has been helping us transform the gym. When we got the funding from sportscotland we knew it would be hard work to get it all done but bit by bit we are getting there.

“We wanted to get rid of one of the walls, get new electrics fitted, a new floor and be able to walk in and say, wow, when it was all finished.

“Getting them to work on the project shows them how much is involved and they have been fantastic help.”

The youngsters are also fundraising to travel to base camp of Mount Everest.

“It’s going to take a lot of money and effort,” explained Jim. “But these young people know that and are determined to make it happen. It might take us a couple of years together but I want is to see them enjoy the adventure of a lifetime and in a way, see there is a big world out there.”