Harwich Amateur Boxing Club, staged 4 days of boxing classes, during the 2nd week of the Easter school holidays at their Gym HQ in Dovercourt. The session run in conjunction with Tendring District Councils ‘Easter Holiday Activity Programme’, proved a great success, attracting 37 young hopefuls that registered for the course, who learnt the core skills of the sport amidst a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Head Coach Martin Webb, ably assisted by several fellow qualified Club coaches and helpers, taught the pupils a number of basic skills, including footwork, defence, punch combinations and an understanding of the rules.
The boxer adjudged to have shown the most effort over the 4 days, was 7 year old Shayden Carley who received an inscribed trophy to mark his achievement.
At the end of the course, all regular attendees were presented with a medal from the Essex Boxing Development Officer – Afsheen Panjalizadeh who said “It is great to see so many children getting involved in the GB award schemes and being active during the school holidays whilst learning new boxing skills, hopefully this can be replicated across more parts of Essex in the near future.”
During the intense week long course, 25 boxers undertook and successfully passed the ABAE’s award scheme, ranging from preliminary to the Gold Award, with all receiving certificates. Harry Cook and George Webb achieved their Silver award, whilst Billy Prosser and Archie Mackillop both succeeded at the Gold level. The ABAE awards are designed to promote a fit and healthy lifestyle with increased self esteem and confidence.