Bunnoe Boxing Club, Ireland

Bunnoe Boxing Club achieved a first by becoming the first club in the Republic of Ireland to administer the I.A.B.A National Boxing Awards. The awards were launched as part of their recent two-week summer camp, where eighteen participants aged between five to twelve years old took part in a non-contact recreational boxing programme with nine successfully gaining their first boxing award.

The summer camp was a pilot cross-border project with Derrylin Boxing Club and the club now plans to fully implement the programme in September.

At the recent camp participants learnt the basic skills and techniques of boxing whilst having great fun playing recreational games that help develop coordination and build fitness. Programme Manager and guest coach Sean Crowley advised “Every session gives the children a good workout, but what makes the programme special is that the kids are having such fun that they don’t realise they’re exercising”.

Aside from helping youngsters to be more active, this unique programme indirectly helps children to develop social skills as all activities and games require participants to interact and work with each other, so no child is left out or uninvolved.

Parents were full of praise and only had positive comments about the recent camp. Sinead Brady from Tullyvin mother of Oisin aged 5 who attended commented, “Oisin thoroughly enjoyed the camp and loved the different games. It was great exercise for them”.

Bunnoe Boxing Club, Ireland

Bunnoe Boxing Club committee member Michael Jackson and father of Ciara aged 12 who attended commented, “The programme was excellent. The kids learnt so much about the boxing techniques they’ll be able to correct the coaches. Also it was great to hear the laughter roaring out of the gym. Programmes like this are the future of boxing and all sports for that matter”.

In addition to getting the kids active, the programme contains a very good educational aspect as participants are taught what body parts and muscle groups they are using during the sessions. Each Boxing Awards also contains an educational credit towards an ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (level 2).

There are six boxing awards; Preliminary, Standard, Bronze (which are all non-contact) and Silver, Gold, Platinum (which are semi-contact). Thereafter, participants need to complete a further six educational assignments to gain the full twelve credits to obtain their Certificate of Personal Effectiveness level 2 which is equivalent to a FETAC level 2.

The programme is open to children aged five years upwards and is suitable for both boys and girls. But most importantly, due to the programme being non-contact and based upon demonstration it is completely safe and is also suitable for children with any disabilities (e.g. deafness/short-sightedness) or medical conditions (e.g. epilepsy etc) that would prevent them from participating in competitive boxing.

Bunnoe Boxing Club has advised that they so impressed by the programme that they are making the requisite investment to build the National Boxing Awards programme into its core activities for members in future.

The club advises that any parents who wish to enrol their children for September’s programme (Every Friday 4pm-5pm for 5-9 year olds or 5pm-6pm for 10-14 year olds) should contact Brian Reilly on 087-9478437.

Similarly any Community Groups, Youth Clubs or Schools (Primary or Secondary) that are interested in running the programme in their community centre or school should contact Sean Crowley on 086-0521757 or email :skoolboxireland@gmail.com

With eighteen budding boxers emerging from the pilot summer camp, Bunnoe Boxing Club will almost certainly grow as a club and develop their own production line of boxing champions in the near future.