Success Stories

Boxing Success at the Bangladesh

Boxing Success at the Bangladesh

The Northampton Bangladeshi Association in conjunction With Northamptonshire Sport ran an 8 week ABA national boxing award course funded by Sports Unlimited. The boxing award scheme is open to anyone above the age of five and this course was well attended by the local young people who had never participated in boxing before but had a real interest in the sport. The course taught the students the skills of amateur boxing, along with the rules and history of the sport.

The course started on the 29 May for 8 weeks and on 17 July, 10 students participated in a preliminary award assessment, which they all passed with flying colours.

Boxing tutor Jeff Gonsalves commented that the students on the course where all brilliant, they all put in maximum effort into every lesson and where a joy to teach. They all learnt so much from the course and want to carry on boxing in the future.

The course was such a success that the NBA, with agreement from the tutor, have decided to part fund the course so they can carry on running the boxing award scheme so the students can achieve the next 2 awards.

Tutor Jeff Gonsalves also commented that if any of the students want to carry on boxing competitively in the future, he would take them along to one of the local ABA boxing clubs, where they could sign up and register with that club. That is what the award scheme is about, getting young people interested in boxing then hopefully into clubs, which is great for the sport.


Daventry Phoenix ABC Amateur Boxing Awards

Daventry Phonenix ABC Amateur Boxing Awards

Daventry Phoenix Youth centre in conjunction with Daventry District council and Northamptonshire Sport, started a 9 week sports unlimited boxing project. Jeff Gonsalves a ABAE boxing Tutor/Youth worker suggested that the project be run as the GB National Boxing Award programme. Shaun Waite (Daventry council), Katie Jones (Youth Worker, Phoenix centre) and Jeff Gonsalves (Northamptonshire Sport) where running the project and over 30 young people signed up for the project. As the project started the team managed to secure funding from money for youth to start up a boxing club, so the Daventry Phoenix boxing club was formed. On the 31st March we did our first boxing awards, the Preliminary Award.

This entailed basic warm-up and warm-down, boxing techniques including stance and guard, torso movement and footwork. The young students then moved on to demonstrating their lead hand and rear hand straight punches with defences. This was the first assessment at the club, but there will be many more because every new member to join the club will be signed up on the GB Boxing Awards Programme. The GB National Boxing Awards have been accredited by ASDAN the national awarding body, which is run in schools and colleges across the country. Jeff gives his congratulations to all the students, all 20 who took the award passed with flying colours!

Well done everyone!!!

Daventry Phonenix ABC Amateur Boxing Awards


When Boxers Become Tutors

GB squad members can now deliver national awards after passing course in Sheffield

BOXERS on the GB squad last monthpassed the Boxing Tutor Course at theirSheffield base. Some 13 of the country’stop boxers took part. Said Dan Salcedo, GB ProjectPlanning Manager, “We feel it’s important to get our boxers teaching and coaching qualifications while training on the elite team. It’s also good to get them a qualification in personal training and other courses they can usein between training on the GB team orwhen they retire. “The GB Boxers thoroughly enjoyed the course. Many help out in their gym with new boxers joining or assist their coaches in teaching boxing in schools; now they’re looking forward to using the qualification and delivering the National Boxing Awards programme in their gyms and local schools. Chairman of BABA, Derek Mapp, said: “GB Boxing is leading the way by providing grass roots ambassadors connections with the 2012 London Olympics through engaging recreational boxing or participation. “A promise to increase and sustain sport by the Games is will be fulfilled through GB Boxing Tutors and the boxing awards. “This pathway into our valuable partof society is volunteering. Key principles the Boxing Tutors engage inare that the Awards delivered should befun, encourage physical activity and berewarding.

“Chairman of ABAE Keith Waltersexplained: “The Boxing Tutor courseworks well for young boxers wishing togain their first teaching qualification inamateur boxing. Once they complete the course they can deliver the awards (non-contact and supervised) in their local boxing gym to youngsters joining. “The Awards are changing opinions of amateur boxing. People are nowcoming back into our sport as coaches, setting up clubs and making essential links with our schools and pathways into our clubs. “We as an association need to get ouryoung boxers on the teaching platform of the sport as early as we can, as theyare our future national, regional andclub coaches.”

HMS Lancaster Boxes Above Her Weight in the Gulf

20 personnel from HMS Lancaster have successfully completed the non contact boxing tutor awards

HMS Lancaster has become the first Royal Navy unit to complete the non contact boxing tutor awards. In all, 20 personnel have completed the Prelimary, Standard and Bronze awards.

Completing the awards in the Gulf was a battle in it’s self with lesson’s having to be cancelled due to boarding stations and clearing off the upper deck just as the lesson was getting started.

The team battled through and progressed to complete the bronze award before getting alongside in Dubai. LPT Daz Hoare said you should see them now they move so well and throw there punches with perfection. All 20 of the personnel taking part passed with flying colours.

Commanding Officer Rory Bryan added they have shown a lot of dedication completing the courses and are looking very sharp.

LPT Daz Hoare said he hopes the team move onto the contact side of the awards when they get back to the UK and hopes some more coaches get qualified to take the awards so to help recruit more raw talent in and around the Royal Navy. It’s a great way to start and people who would have never put on a pair of gloves enjoy it so much they want to continue. We have a few in the group that want to go that one step further and actually go to a boxing club now and this will certainly improve the development of Royal Navy boxing.

If as a team we can do it while on operations in the Gulf anyone can do it. For people out in Gibraltar look out for these awards happening as Daz is off there next.

Chairman of ABA of England visits Charter Academy

Chairman ABA Keith Walters and Principle Dame Sharon Hollows at Charter Academy with year 11's GCSE boxing students

The Chairman of Amateur Boxing Association of England, Keith Walters, spent the day at Charter Academy in Portsmouth to see how Amateur Boxing and Education is working together to deliver the ASDAN CoPE qualification.

Keith Waters explained the facilities at Charter Academy are excellent; the boxing gymnasium is a coach’s dream. The ABA coaches/tutors have a very professional manner and are very good with the youngsters.

I am impressed in the way Amateur Boxing and Education have partnered in Portsmouth, the programme and structure that has been put together is great, we as a boxing association need to mirror the excellent work at Charter Academy all over the country.

Partnership - Amateur boxing and education

Walters added; Having spent time talking with the young people on the ASDAN GCSE course at Charter Academy, they are clearly fully engaged with our sport and are very proud of their achievements.

A lot of them are “Young Leaders” GB Boxing Tutors and are also wishing to do the ABA Junior Officials course. To see our sport developing in an Educational environment, like this, is just brilliant. I am absolutely delighted in what I have seen and what is happening in the city of Portsmouth.

The ABA Chairman also spent time with Charter Academy Principle Dame Sharon Hollows who commented: Having boxing in the school curriculum has had a massive impact on the pupils in the school. Boxing has changed a lot of our youngster’s lives; we have seen a complete turn around in the young people’s behavior, attitude, look, confidence and most of all self esteem.

What has really impressed me is the fact that a lot of the Charter students are now “young leaders” ABA Boxing Tutors and are helping out in the after school clubs and the HOP Boxing Academy.

Even my school teachers have been recruited into the boxing training, in the early morning activities. “I am intending to have my first boxing lesson very soon.”

Portsmouth City Schools – Multi Skills Boxing Competition

Multi Skills Boxing competition - winning team Charter Academy (A)

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.

Multi Skills Boxing competition - teams in action

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.

Multi Skills Boxing competition - event team photo

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.

New Heights in Amateur Boxing in Schools

Photo of children holding up Boxing Awards certificates

Boxing in schools and Education has reached a new high as sixteen year 11’s school students this week have reached the stage where they have passed 6 out of the 12 credits required, which is the half way mark of the GB National Boxing Educational Qualification.

The Charter Academy in Portsmouth is the first school to be doing the GB National Boxing Educational Qualification and also the base for the Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOP).

Coach Shillingford explained, Boxing Academy Coaches/Tutors deliver boxing all over the City of Portsmouth in both primary & secondary schools, colleges and the youth clubs, teaching the GB National Boxing Awards Programme “Non Contact” as an introduction to the sport of amateur boxing and then the youngsters who wants to do the contact boxing are joining the local ABA Boxing clubs.

Photo of Boxing Rings

In the Charter Academy old school sports hall now stands two permanent Boxing Rings, and over 30 hitting apparatus. HOP is in partnership with Charter Academy teaching boxing all day long, early morning Breakfast Club Boxing Sessions, PE curriculum for all year groups (GB National Awards Programme) GB National Boxing GCSE (ASDAN CoPE Boxing Qualification yr 10’s and year 11’s) and after school club twice a week, then in the evenings it is a registered and very active Amateur Boxing Club. HOP also opens in the school holidays for Boxing Camps where they deliver the GB National Boxing Awards programme.

“The HOP in Charter Academy is leading the way in Boxing in schools in the country. The 35 youngsters (19 year 10’s and 16 year 11’s) currently studying the GB Boxing Qualification ASDAN CoPE (which is level 2 Equilivant to a GCSE Grade B), Dame Sharon Hollows (Principle of Charter Academy) said “The introduction to amateur boxing for Charter Academy has been fantastic, the sport has had a very positive impact on all our students, we have already had a very successful boxing show in September and are looking to hold our next boxing event in late February 2010. The sport and Educational Qualification is very new to a lot of the boys and girls however they are all enjoying learning the art of amateur boxing along with other key skills such as working with others, problem solving, research, discussion, improving own learning and performance all from boxing related activities. The students are looking forward to completing their GB National Boxing Educational Qualification in May 2010”.

Chairman of the ABA of England Keith Walters is delighted with the development of Boxing in Portsmouth, particularly at Charter Academy and commented “This is a huge step forward for the sport of Amateur Boxing and the intention is to roll out the Educational programme all over the country. The 6 level GB National Boxing Award scheme, provides an excellent entry route into the core skills of Amateur Boxing for recreational boxers or boxers joining boxing clubs and preparing for their first bout”. It also gains a credit per award towards the GB National Boxing Educational Qualification. (ASDAN CoPE).

ABAE CEO Paul King commented “Many ABA boxing coaches at all levels are delivering the GB National Boxing Awards in schools, youth clubs and of course their own boxing club and to gain more knowledge and understanding in teaching the GB Boxing National Awards in the schools or youth club environment, ABA Coaches are attending the GB Boxing Tutor Course; however for an ABA Registered Coach delivering the national awards in a school or local community , it is not a requirement to attend the GB Boxing Tutor course. They can order the GB Booklets on line from the Boxing Awards website.

“Q” Shillingford explained: To support ABA Boxing Coaches wishing to further their involvement in boxing in schools and to be able to deliver the GB National Boxing Educational Qualification (ASDAN CoPE) we will be running four pilot GB National Boxing Qualification workshops across the country

Portsmouth Fri 5th Feb 2010
Leicester Tue 9th Mar 2010
London Mon 19th Apr 2010
Newcastle Sat 8th May 2010

The course is designed for boxing coaches or teachers and people wishing to deliver the GB National Boxing Educational Qualification in Amateur Boxing in schools or from their boxing gym linked in with a local school; anyone wishing to attend the GB ASDAN CoPE Boxing course should log onto click downloads page then click on the Application form for which ever course they would like to attend that’s nearest to them.

To view the ASDAN CoPE Boxing Educational Qualification criteria goto the downloads section and then click Boxing National Educational Qualification.

Or ring “Q” Shillingford on 07702 745590 Email
ASDAN Boxing Manager Andrew Cox on the following details: Office line: 01179543974 mobile: 07720 812051

Great Britain ‘Young Leaders’ Boxing Tutor Course

Group photo of people who took part in the GB Young Leaders Boxing Tutor Course

The very first official GB ‘Young Leaders’ Boxing Tutor Course was held on Saturday 19th December 2009 at the Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy in Portsmouth. There were 14 Young Leaders from the Hampshire Region who took part. The GB ‘Young Leaders’ Boxing Tutor Course is now being run after two very successful pilot courses in Loughborough Sports University. The Youth Sport Trust, the national Organisation responsible for school sport and physical education has agreed to include the GB ‘Young Leaders’ Boxing Tutor Course on their national course data base as part of their Leadership and Volunteering strand, so now the young leaders from all over England can do the GB Young Leaders Boxing Tutor Course as part of their accredited ‘8 hrs leadership training’.

The BABA/ABA has agreed to lower the age limit to 14 yrs old to deliver the (Non Contact) National Boxing Awards Scheme as long as the young leader is supervised by a competent adult during whilst delivering the Non Contact part of the awards.

After successfully completing the GB Young Leaders Boxing Tutors Course the 14 qualified Boxing Tutors were then invited back a week later to the HOP Boxing Academy for the Portsmouth City Christmas Boxing Camp, so they could deliver the National Awards programme to the 35 youngsters booked on the Christmas Boxing Camp, under the supervision of the HOP, ABA Coaches. and those who took part will now join their weekly after school boxing sessions with added confidence. The emphasis on the course was on how to begin to teach the basics of boxing safely and effectively to their peers and to primary-age pupils with the aim of introducing young people, to the idea of voluntary sports coaching work, and volunteering in sport generally.

Sport Hampshire & Isle of Wight’s Coaching Development Manager, Mr CJ Lee, attended the One Day course and commented: ‘Boxing is a sport with the capacity of engaging a large number of traditional performers, disadvantaged and at risk groups in ways that other sports cannot. The non-contact element of the [Boxing] award makes the sport really accessible to wide group of young people, both as participants and leaders, and in the future as coaches and officials. We really embrace the exciting opportunities posed by this new leadership pathway.

Southern Counties ABA secretary and ABA Full Badge Coach Lizzie Addington (Sweet Science Boxing Academy) put four of her boxers from her Boxing Gym on the course Liz Addington said: “I am in my first season as SC secretary and have numerous queries from boxers who have left the sport wanting to come back. Why? Due to the nature of these awards and the success they are having in changing opinions of amateur boxing. People are now coming back into out sport as coaches, setting up clubs and making essential links with our schools and pathways into or clubs. My four boxers from Sweet Science Academy were all waiting to turn 16 before they became boxing tutors so for them Christmas came early!”

Chairman of BABA Derek Mapp said: GB “Young Leaders” inspired by Youth Sport Trust is now gaining accreditation to the boxing tutor course. Since the decision by BABA and the ABAE to lower the age to 14 years old the launch was supported by being hosted in the Charter Academy School in Portsmouth.

Photo of people in a boxing ring

GB boxing is leading the way by providing grass roots ambassador’s connections with 2012; through engaging recreational boxing or participation. A promise made by 2012 to increase and sustain sport is certainly a promise that will be fulfilled through GB young leaders, boxing tutors and the national boxing awards programme. This pathway into our valuable part of society is volunteering. Key principles the Boxing Tutors engage in are the awards delivered should be fun, encourage physical activity and be rewarding. The course was held on Saturday 19th December 2009 at the Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy, which is in the Charter Academy School in Portsmouth. 14 Young Leaders from Hampshire & IOW, were successful and are now accredited to this scheme.

Chairman of ABAE Keith Walters explained by lowering the age bracket of the GB Boxing Tutor Course, it works well for young boxers wishing to gain their first teaching qualification in Amateur Boxing, as once they complete the GB Young Leaders Boxing Tutor Course they can then deliver the awards (Non Contact and supervised) in their local boxing gym to new youngsters joining the gym. We as an association need to get our young boxers on the teaching platform of the sport, as early as we can, as they are our future National, Regional and Club Coaches.

The next GB Young Leaders Boxing Tutor Course will be held on Saturday 20th March 2010 to book your young boxers onto the course please goto the Course Dates section or contact Michael Whitlock at mobile: 07704 189077.

For further information regarding the GB National Boxing Awards programme or the GB National Boxing Educational Qualification criteria please go to the downloads section and click Criteria for the Qualification. Or contact ASDAN Boxing (CoPE) Manager Mr Andrew Cox,

There are many schools which use ASDAN qualifications on their school curriculum, and a parent or boxer attending school should download a copy of the GB Boxing Educational Qualification and advise the school that they wish to take the qualification as part of their GCSE choice.

Gym trains First Aiders and ABAE Boxing Tutors


Our Boxing Gym recently secured funding to train 30 young people aged 16 to 25 years old as First Aiders & ABAE Boxing Tutors. This project turned out to be a huge success and further funding has been secured to roll out the same courses again.

The course was aimed at some of the most hard to reach and disadvantaged young people in the community, some of whom prior to this course did not have any qualifications. These tutors are now either volunteering their time at our gym, or in other boxing gym’s or youth groups in the wider community, which is a really positive outcome!!


New Parks Community Boxing Gym opened in April 2008, prior to opening my self and my partner Stuart became ABAE Boxing Tutors. Becoming a Boxing Tutor has enormously benefited both our selves and our gym, and helped our gym to develop. As Boxing Tutors we have been able to teach the National Boxing Awards programme to our members, local groups and schools. Since opening our gym has also won several awards and has been highly commended by the Leicestershire Constabulary, Local Authority and Local Councillors. Our gym has made a big difference to the local community and has helped to tackle anti social behaviour and crime in the local area.


ABA Advanced coach and Director of the National Boxing Awards programme ‘Q’ Shillingford, complimented Serina and Stuart on their hard work and commitment in delivering the National Boxing Awards to the community in a fun and professional environment. This is what the National Boxing Awards programme is all about, taking our sport to the wider community and at every level. “Fantastic and keep up the good work”.


Royal Navy Fit to Fight

Personnel from HMS Lancaster being presented with their Boxing Awards certificates

HMS Lancaster better known as the Red Rose or should that now be The fighting Red Rose, are currently on operations in the Gulf. LPT Daz Hoare onboard is the Leading Physical Trainer, an ex boxer and qualified ABA boxing coach and Tutor.

In September last year Clubz as he is known was in contact with Q Shillingford to try and get the Non-Contact awards started onboard whilst deployed.

We had around 25-30 personnel come forward and were interested. With this clubz got to work and ordered there Non-Contact books. The ship sailed for the Gulf in October 2009. After transiting the Suez cannel and with warmer weather, lessons started during the lunch periods. The first award started and completed was the prelimery award with some great results all personnel passing with flying colours. The awards have identified new people who would have never put on a pair of gloves in there lives. Some are taking part to keep fit, some to learn about boxing I have some that are so interested in boxing now they want to keep it going and want to go to a boxing club this they will do when they have completed all 3 non-contact awards and move onto the 3 contact awards. I have a couple that I am so impressed with who have never boxed before that I am taking for extra pad work and have told them to get to there nearest boxing gym as they have some great potential and this is what these awards are about delivering at a grassroots level and identifying people with that kind of potential. On board the ship we have a mixed range of people taking part in the awards from the young AB upto the PO/CPO sea dogs and even a female officer of the watch who is extremely talented.

Personnel from HMS Lancaster who took part in the Boxing Awards

I have enclosed some pictures of the Prelimery award and the presentation by the ships Captain, CDR Bryan who was amazed by how much the team have come on when at the beginning it looked like they had two left feet but now they slide around and float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. The XO Lt Cdr Hammond was also surprised by how much they had advanced.

Personnel from HMS Lancaster who took part in the Boxing Awards

The team are currently coming to there assessment in the Standard award with just the Bronze left to do. Clubz said the awards will all be completed by the time I leave in Feb 2010. From here when the ship returns to the UK people who have taken part can then move onto the contact side. The awards are really good and get all kinds of people involved they learn the moves, health and fitness with diet all included. The Amateur Boxing Association are right behind the awards, and the awards also earn you accreditation points in the GSCE in boxing.

Clubz said I hope they continue with the three other awards and we get some other tutors in other ships and establishments I am moving to Gibraltar where I will be looking to get the awards started and take a group through all 6 with a boxing club available. Like Q says don’t think you can know you can.

RPO Cosy Powell receives his GB Boxing Certificate from Captain Cdr Rory Bryan

HMS Captain Cdr Rory Bryan presents RPO Cosy Powell with his GB Boxing Certificate on the Gulf Deployment in the Indian Ocean.

Leading Physical Trainer