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.”