Damilola Taylor Centre in Southwark, Peckham

Over 30 young people took part in a week-long boxing course at the Damilola Taylor Centre in Southwark, Peckham during the recent school break.

The programme was organised in partnership with the ABAE and allowed young people on their school holidays to drop in and take part in preliminary and standard levels of the ABAE’s boxing award scheme. The youngsters will now move forward to either the standard or bronze award.

Damilola Taylor Centre in Southwark, Peckham

Damilola Taylor Centre Manager Steve Verrall said: “The course was such a success that the Damilola Taylor Centre now intends to keep the boxing awards scheme running with five qualified tutors teaching on a weekly basis.”

The Boxing Awards allow young people from the age of 5-16 to learn the basics of amateur boxing in a fun and recreational environment. They come in five levels: preliminary, standard, bronze, silver and gold.

ABAE Chairman Keith Walters, who initiated the programme at the Damilola Taylor Centre, commented: “If we can get the non-contact boxing scheme in schools and youth centres, our sport will grow and we will find more champions. Most of the youngsters here will probably not go into the sport competitively, but they have all achieved, had a taste of and enjoyed the sport.”

Damilola Taylor Centre in Southwark, Peckham

Keith added that he had spotted some talent within the scheme and will be inviting the youngsters to join local boxing club, Lynn ABC.

For further details regarding the boxing awards email: q@boxingawards.co.uk.

Damilola Taylor Centre in Southwark, Peckham