Our amateur boxers at RABC and HABC are ramping up the training for next season which starts in September. It’s all systems go now getting the boxers sharp and fit so they are ready to compete for what we hope will be a busy and successful season for our clubs.
Josh & Clarisse (RABC), will be competing in the National Developments in only their second season as amateur’s. They are now back to a full training schedule in preparation for the competition.
In November we are taking a team of senior men to Sweden for the King of the Ring tournament. A 3 day event which takes place in the town of Boras. We are hoping to bring back a few “Kings”. It is a great opportunity for our boxers to experience tournament boxing, as they must be ready in mind and body to potentially compete every day.
The women get their opportunity at the beginning of December with the Women’s Winter Box Cup. An all female tournament - boxers come from all over the country and world to compete in this event and it is a real celebration of how far female boxing has come. This will be the first time RABC and HABC will be taking a team of girls.
In between these tournaments we will be matching our boxers on club shows.
Lastly congratulations to Matthew (RABC) who recently competed in the World Police and Fire Games in Rotterdam and won a gold in the super heavyweight category. Not been in the ring since 2018, stopped his opponent in the third round, what an amazing achievement.
And what about the coaches?
We have a few more coaches who have joined the team, so would like to welcome, Roy, Martine and David.
Congratulations to Fran, Matteo and Gareth for passing their Level 1 England Boxing Coaching courses. Don for getting his Level 2 and Roy for getting on the Level 3 course, after having to do a rigorous assessment up at GB Boxing.
A big shout out to our youngest coach Gareth for becoming the first London Region England Boxing Apprentice – all the other coaches are a bit jealous that they are no longer in their early twenties and cannot apply! Good luck Gareth this is an incredible opportunity.
Kate who was a graduate from the England Boxing Female Coaching Development programme last year is now a mentor for cohort 2. She will be heading back to GB Boxing in Sheffield, in September for the residential. Since graduating from the programme she has coached on the Women’s Aspire Programme and England Camps.
Our head coach Rachel will be heading to Italy in September coaching for England in the Junior European Championships – it will probably be streamed online so you can witness your coach in the corner with England boxers and watch some class boxing from the country’s best Junior.
Your coaches are very active and continue to travel far and wide to gain experience from the country’s top coaches and bring those experiences back to our clubs.
We are running our third all female senior sparring session on Sunday 4th September. These have proved to be a great success for boxers to gather from many clubs and get a range of sparring. We will be doing another one before the Women’s Winter Box Cup.
We have secured more funding to run another girls only 10 week boxing course. We hope to continue to grow girls participation in the sport with our initiative “DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR SHOT”.
Martine & Gareth were seen padding lots of people recently in Churchill Gardens and Worlds End Estate as part of a London Sport initiative to get kids more active – hopefully they have persuaded a few to join the juniors.
It is a very exciting time for our clubs with active, committed boxers getting ready to compete - for a lot of our boxers it will be their first season as amateur’s and a team of coaches who volunteer their time simply because they believe in the ethos of the clubs and love the sport.