As the clubs wind down for the Christmas festivities here is an update on the season so far.
Boxers and Coaches have been busy. First out in September was Sifat (RABC) on a club show. He lost on a split but put in a good performance.
Next up was Clarisse in the Developments National Championships, she was drawn into a straight final against a tough, tall girl. She had to find ways of getting on the inside of this opponent and had some success. She had a good three rounds, but unfortunately came up short coming away with a silver.
King of the Ring was the next competition, an all-male tournament in Sweden. Kate & Roy took a team of three boxers for their first international competition.
Otis (HABC), competing in his first amateur competition. He was very nervous and although he did not get through to the final, the biggest achievement for him was overcoming his nerves and stepping through those ropes.
James and Josh from RABC had a successful tournament, getting through their semi-final bouts with unanimous decisions and booking a place in the final the next day. There was no doubt in our minds that we were going for gold. Both boxers performed excellently in the finals. James knocking down his opponent and giving him a standing eight. Josh executed the plan brilliantly and simply did not allow his opponent to play his game. Good, simple effective boxing. They both got unanimous wins and stepped out of the ring with gold medals around their necks. Special mention goes to Josh who had just come back from a serious injury and was up against opponents with over double his experience. It was also the first time he had boxed three minute rounds so his gold was even more of an achievement.
We had another female sparring session in November sponsored by Maverick Stars. It was attended by over 30 boxers and coaches from around the country. These sessions are proving to be very popular; it gives female boxers an opportunity to spar lots of different styles. The boxers got plenty of rounds and left smiling. We hope to run some more in 2023. It prepared the girls for their first tournament, the Women’s Winter Box Cup. We took three girls from RABC – youth boxer Abi and seniors Jyoti and Grace. All these girls were competing in their first amateur tournament. They all performed well and although they did not get the wins, they had a great experience, going away as a team, supporting each and coming away having learnt a lot and wanting more. As coaches we cannot ask for more, wins are great, but you also can get a win out of a loss, so these three musketeers being hungry for more, is a win, win, situation. We go again at the beginning of February for the Golden Girls tournament in Sweden.
We would like to welcome Paul and Steve to the team at HABC. Steve, a newly qualified boxing coach brings a fresh look due to his background as a football coach. Paul is a level 3 coach with a huge amount of experience. His enthusiasm for the club and wanting to see it get on the map is inspiring. Hopefully, we will see more of our HABC boxers out in 2023.
Our head coach Rachel had a great trip with team England to Italy for the Youth European Championships. It was a successful championship and they won team of the tournament. The future of England boxing looks bright.
Both Rachel and Kate have been busy going up and down to Sheffield volunteering for England and GB boxing. It is a privilege to work alongside the country’s best coaches, continuing to learn and bring those experiences back to the clubs.
Roy coached alongside Kate at The King of the Ring at his first amateur tournament. Great, supportive coaching and helped the team secure the gold medals.
Martine continues to be busy on the circuit as a judge and has been accepted to the England Boxing Women's Official Programme. She has taken advantage of extra experience at the Winter Womens Box Cup and will join Rachel and Kate who are mentoring on the Women’s Coach Development Programme in Aldershot, home of the British Army Boxing Team.
All our coaches give their time freely to the clubs, we work gym commitments and taking our boxers to shows and tournaments around full time jobs and families. Thank you for your hard work coaches and Happy Christmas
We ran another programme of female only classes for six weeks sponsored by The Box Gathering. The group was small but despite the lack of numbers, we will continue with this project, to try encouraging more girls into the sport. Please get in touch if your school or group would like to get involved.
Our Hygiene Poverty Project, funded by Camden Giving meant we were able to give goodie bags to our participants and also partnered with local community groups in Camden, offering hygiene products like toothpaste, sanitary products, shower gel, shampoo, hand sanitiser and lots more. This proved so popular we were invited to speak at a Camden Council meeting, featured on the local news and have secured funding to run the project again for young people in Westminster.
Finally, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, thank you for your commitment to the clubs, have a rest, but do not eat too much and come back in 2023 ready to train hard and step into that squared ring.