A HUDDERSFIELD boxing club has come second in a national competition.
Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club wants to take up to 40 of its members down to the House of Lords for the awards ceremony on December 8.
And members are appealing for Huddersfield businesses to help sponsor the trip.
The club has just been named as runner-up in the British Urban Regeneration Association Awards, given for the best schemes to give rundown areas new hope and objectives.
The association promotes best practice in regeneration projects and Rawthorpe ABC - which won a sports award in the 2002 Examiner Community Awards - was nominated by regeneration agency Huddersfield Pride.
Club coach and founder Mark Reynolds said: "We had to undergo a very stringent assessment process from Bura, with people travelling from London to see us.
"We started just five years ago as a small amateur boxing club. Although we are amateur in status, we have always tried to run things in a professional manner."
Club chairman Chris Oldfield said: "Very few people realise just how much gets done in the voluntary sector.
"We have an excellent team of coaches. Each gives more than 25 hours per week freely and for the love of the club.
"This is a wonderful pat on the back for all those who have helped us get this far."
The club has more than 250 members, with 30 boxers competing regularly in Amateur Boxing Association shows across the UK and abroad.
The club has produced national ABA finalists, a British University Champion and an England schoolboy representative.
Mr Reynolds added: "We have had lads box in teams overseas, we have European gold medal winners and a very successful exchange programme with the Seychelles Amateur Boxing Federation team. We boxed in the Seychelles in 2000 and had a return match in the UK this year."
Rawthorpe ABC members train at The Gas Club on Gasworks Street, Hillhouse.
Anyone who wants to contribute to the trip to Westminster can phone Mr Reynolds on 07747 846977.