Whiteinch Centre, Glasgow

Amateur Boxing Scotland (ABS) held their very first GB Boxing Tutor Course at the Whiteinch Centre, Glasgow on Saturday 22nd may 2010. The course which was organised by ABS Performance Director Willie Burns proved to be a tremendous success and was completed by Boxing coaches, school teachers, youth workers and boxing club volunteers. ABS Performance director Willie Burns who stayed and watched the course commented: Fantastic, this is just what our sport needs, ABS will look to be running the GB Boxing Awards all over Scotland and qualify as many GB Boxing Tutors to work all over the country introducing boxing to young people from all walks of life, I see the GB National Boxing Awards and Educational programme as a pathway to introducing boxing to every child in Scotland and a great vehicle to getting our sport in the main stream, either recreationally, educationally or competitively.

The GB National Boxing Awards which was piloted in November 2006 and launched in July 2007 at the Commonwealth Boxing Championships in Liverpool has proven to be very successful and very popular with over 5,000 GB Boxing Tutors qualified to deliver the non contact element of the National strategy.

GB Boxing Awards Director and ABA Advanced Coach “Q” Shillingford commented; “we had a great time in Glasgow and all the people on the course were very receptive to how the awards should be delivered in schools, youth clubs, and of course boxing clubs. ABS are clearly committed to developing their sport and getting the national boxing awards programme all over Scotland and team GB will assist as much as possible to ensure this happens”.

BABA Chairman Derek Mapp and the 3 Home Nations National Governing Bodies are very keen to see how much more the development of Boxing will move forward in the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

This 6 level National Boxing Award scheme, has been thoroughly ‘field tested’ and provides an excellent entry route into the core skills of Amateur Boxing for boxers joining boxing clubs or preparing for their first bout. Particular emphasis on techniques, co-ordination, defensive skills and fitness development. It also includes elements designed to test knowledge and understanding of the rules and history of the sport of amateur boxing.

An important part of the National Boxing Awards is the Healthy Lifestyle page, which explains the value of a well balanced diet and nutrition, rest and of course hydration.

The first 3 awards (Preliminary, Standard and Bronze) are all non-contact and can be used in Boxing Clubs for new members and also any non-specialist facility such as a community hall or after school sessions. The non contact part of the awards may be taught by stand alone GB Boxing Tutor (School Teacher, Youth worker, Sports Development Officers). As these cover the basics of boxing, however the Silver and Gold awards involve technique development in modified conditioned sparring and need to be coached in a boxing club with a boxing ring and qualified boxing coach.

The 6th Award is the Platinum Award which takes the boxer into the boxing ring at a boxing show, this involves a skills bout where the boxer will get the opportunity to experience of what it is like to enter a boxing ring at a boxing show, more importantly the boxer will have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills, fitness and ability in a boxing arena which they have learnt whilst at the same time, completing all 6 of the GB National Boxing Awards.

For the Platinum award there are several boxing gym sessions that the platinum award boxer must be able to complete prior to the skills bout; the sessions include gym work, drills, technique and condition sparring and of course circuit training plus the added advantage of their local club coach, training sessions.

A stand alone GB Boxing Tutor is qualified to teach the non contact part of the awards; Preliminary, Standard and Bronze (24 structured lessons of boxing) which can be taught in schools colleges, youth clubs, colleges and Universities. However an ABS Qualified Boxing Coach can deliver all 48 lessons in schools (non contact) and the semi contact in their boxing club, additionally the GB Boxing Tutor Course has been deliberately designed to teach Boxing as a resource which ABA Boxing Coaches and ABA Boxing Tutors (non contact boxing) are able to use in their boxing club or community sport development work and in schools towards the attainment of PE Curricular targets. It is also designed to assist Coaches on how to deliver non-contact boxing in the public domain outside the Boxing Gym environment.

Many boxing coaches of all levels wishing to teach the awards in the schools or youth club environment are now attending the GB Boxing Tutor Course to grasp a complete understanding of the National awards and how to deliver and run the awards, inside and outside of their boxing gyms. Many boxing coaches are now delivering the awards in their Boxing Clubs, and are finding the structure perfect for developing their boxers to compete and retaining their interest as they prepare for their first bout. Also the National Awards allow the young people who join a boxing club and find it difficult to reach competition level to get a National Awards in Amateur Boxing and remain interested and staying with their chosen boxing club.

The incentive will therefore be to make the linkages between the schools/youth club and a local boxing club thereby fulfilling the school/club link objectives and providing a framework for ‘exit routes’ for those Community Development projects seeking to use boxing training as a personal and social development tool.

Apart from the benefits to the young people involved, in terms of fitness, technique acquisition and a developing understanding of the components of skill learning and fitness development, the national boxing Award syllabus provides an excellent framework for coaches to focus on and deal with young people who have not traditionally come to Boxing Clubs.

The GB Boxing Tutor Course and the associated national boxing award scheme therefore contribute not only to an increase of the ‘reach’ of the sport beyond its traditional social and demographic parameters but also help coaches and club personnel come to terms with new ideas in participation and performance development in diverse communities. Equally, it allows teachers to encounter a sport which they are unlikely to have used before in delivering the PE Curriculum or in encouraging after school clubs.

The GB Boxing Tutor/Boxing Awards programme has been so successful with over 5,000 qualified GB Boxing Tutors, that British Amateur Boxing Association has asked ABA Advanced Coach Level 1 and former Head Coach of the British Armed Forces/ Royal Navy “Q” Shillingford to manage and direct the GB National Boxing Awards programme across Great Britain on behalf of BABA

“Q” commented; that the GB Boxing Tutor Course has been deliberately designed for Boxing Coaches wishing to deliver the GB Boxing Awards in a fun, recreational and professional manner in school curriculum or as an after school club, youth groups and also is ideal for school holiday boxing camps.

“Q” added: to support boxing coaches wishing to further their involvement in boxing in schools we will be running ASDAN CoPE Boxing Educational Qualification Course’s. Again the course is designed for boxing coaches or teachers and people wishing to deliver the GB Boxing Educational Qualification in Amateur Boxing (GCSE Equilivant) in schools or from their boxing gym; anyone wishing to attend the ASDAN course should go onlinewww.boxingawards.co.uk and book onto a ASDAN CoPE course.

A boxer joining a boxing club can go online www.boxingawards.co.ukand order their GB Non Contact boxing booklet and arrive at the local boxing gym with their GB National Boxing Book, the potential boxer gives the Certificates to the Boxing Coach and then the boxing coach can take the boxer through the three non contact award schemes (Preliminary, Standard, Bronze) then if the boxer wants to progress to the semi contact part of the award programme they carry on and complete the further 3 awards (Silver, Gold and Platinum).

Or the local boxing club can order the booklets in and stock and the boxers can then obtain the boxing booklets from the coach at the boxing club when they join.

The British Amateur Boxing Association would wish for every child in the country to have their Great Britain Boxing Book and gained a National Certificate and Medal in Amateur Boxing.

For further information regarding the Great Britain National Boxing Awards please log ontowww.boxingawards.co.uk or ring “Q” Shillingford on 07702745590 Emailq@boxingawards.co.uk.