A Multi skill’s boxing competition was piloted at the Charter Academy on Thursday 21st January 2010. Naomi Lewis Competition Manager Havant & Waterlooville School Sports Partnership said
“The Portsmouth Schools Sport Partnership and Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy were really pleased that the event at Charter Academy went so well. It has taken a while to get the competition going and the two partners wanted to get some celebration of Boxing going in the Portsmouth area.
Many Schools in Portsmouth now run after school clubs with help of Q Shillingford and the excellent ABA Boxing Coaches/Tutors at the Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy. This has spurred on a massive interest in Boxing and as a Multi Skills Competition Manger I wanted to see if we could use this interest to target a different group of children.
The multi skills boxing competition concept was designed to enable children to show off their skills that they have learnt in after school clubs as well as compete for their school. The stations were designed to challenge children and they all rose to the occasion.
I was so please to see them occupied at all times and active all afternoon. A big thanks to Charter Academy for hosting the competition and to Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy for running the event”.
Charter Academy Principle Dame Sharon Hollows thought the event was very successful and important for the development of the youngsters involved. “Boxing is having a very positive impact on our students at Charter Academy; the young people are in the boxing gym at 7am in the morning before changing and attending breakfast club, prior to going to school. Then they can attend boxing lessons on the PE syllabus and also Boxing as a GCSE for year 10’s and 11’s, we also have boxing in our after school club and then of course the HOP Boxing Academy in the evening. The Inter schools Muti-Skills Boxing Competition was a very successful afternoon, bringing the youngsters together from different schools in a fun and skillful environment helps to develop the individual in many ways. Dame Sharon Hollows also pointed out that “As an added bonus the recently qualified young leaders “Boxing Tutors” who attend Charter Academy assist in the set up of the boxing multi skills competition and the officiating of the event.
HOP Boss “Q” Shillingford commented this is great for the sport of boxing and of course for the local schools and the community. The more opportunities we give to our young people to get into sport whether it is competitively or just for fun, the better. All the youngsters did very well and worked very hard, we will be looking to work more with the school sports partnership and run more Inter Schools – Multi Skills Boxing Competitions, so that all the schools in the Portsmouth area can take part.