Commonwealth Boxing Championships, Liverpool

The newly branded ABA National Boxing Award programme will be launched at the Great Britain Finals on Friday 29th May’09 the awards were launched in early 2007 at the Commonwealth Boxing Championships in Liverpool 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. This new now 6 level Award scheme, has been thoroughly ‘field tested’ and provides an excellent entry route into the core skills of Amateur Boxing with a particular emphasis on techniques of movement, co-ordination and defensive skills and fitness development. It also includes elements designed to test knowledge and understanding.

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

The first 3 awards (Preliminary, Standard and Bronze) are all non-contact and can be used in Boxing Clubs and also any non-specialist facility such as a community hall or school gym. The non contact part of the awards may be taught by stand alone ABA Boxing Tutors. The Silver and Gold awards involve technique development in modified conditioned sparring and need to be carried on in a boxing club with a boxing ring and qualified ABAE 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 completing all 6 of the ABA 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 club coach, coaching.

Stand alone ABA Boxing Tutors are qualified to teach the non contact part of the awards; Preliminary, Standard and Bronze (24 lessons of boxing) which is designed to be taught in schools colleges, youth clubs and Universities. However an ABA Qualified Boxing Coach can deliver all 48 lessons in schools non contact and the semi contact in their boxing club, additionally the ABA Boxing Tutor Course has been deliberately designed to teach Boxing Coaches how to deliver non contact boxing in the public domain outside the Boxing Gym environment.

Many ABA boxing coaches wishing to teach the awards in the schools or youth club environment are now attending the ABA Boxing Tutor Course to grasp a complete understanding on how to deliver and run the awards, inside and outside of their boxing gyms.

The incentive will therefore be to make the linkages between the Awards and a local 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 Incentive 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 ABA Boxing Tutor Course and the associated Incentive 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 programme has been so successful with nearly 3,000 qualified ABA Boxing Tutors, that the ABA of England 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 ABA National Boxing Awards across the country on behalf of the ABA of England.

“Q” commented; that the ABA Boxing Tutor Course has been deliberately designed for Boxing Coaches wishing to deliver the ABA National 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 summer holiday boxing camps.

“Q” added; to support boxing coaches wishing to further their involvement in boxing in schools ABA Advanced Coach Alan Keast (Tamworth ABC) will be running an ASDAN Key Skills/CoPE Boxing Educational Qualification Course on Wednesday 8th July 2009 in Tamworth.

Again the course is designed for boxing coaches wishing to deliver the ABA Educational Qualification in Amateur Boxing (GCSE Equilivant) in schools or from their boxing gym; anyone wishing to attend the course should contact Alan Keast on the following details:alan@tamworthboxing.com

Now that the National Boxing Awards have their own website www.boxingawards.co.ukevery potential boxer can order their boxing booklets on line and arrive at the local boxing gym with their ABA National Boxing Book, the potential boxer gives the Certificates to the Boxing Coach and then the Coach can take the boxer through the three non contact award schemes and then if the boxer wants to progress to the contact part of the award they carry on with the further three awards. Or the boxing club can order the booklets and the boxers can then obtain the boxing booklets from the coach at the boxing club.

The ABA of England would like every child in the country to have an ABA National Certificate and Medal in Amateur Boxing.

For further information regarding the ABA National Boxing Awards please log ontowww.boxingawards.co.uk or ring “Q” on 07702745590.