16 GCSE Grade B's in Amateur Boxing Qualification - ABAE Hits New Heights in Boxing in SchoolsThe Amateur Boxing Association of England, boxing in schools programme has reached a new high, as 16 year eleven school students from Charter Academy, Portsmouth have passed their ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE).

The Charter Academy in Portsmouth is the first school to be running the ASDAN CoPE Boxing GCSE Educational Qualification in curriculum time. The Charter Academy is also the base for the “Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy” (HOP).

The HOP 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 in the city.

In 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 (7am – 8am), 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 Academy. HOP also opens in the school holidays for Boxing Summer Camps where they deliver the GB National Boxing Awards programme throughout the summer holiday’s.

“The HOP in Charter Academy is leading the way in Boxing in schools in the country. The 33 youngsters (19 year 10’s and 14 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) and Chairman of the ABA of England Keith WaltersDame Sharon Hollows (Principle of Charter Academy) said “The introduction to amateur boxing to Charter Academy has been fantastic, the sport has had a very positive impact on all our students, we have already had 3 successful boxing show’s in our school new sports hall in and are looking to hold our first boxing dinner show in the school hall next season. The sport 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 they pick up on the boxing qualification such as working with others, problem solving, research, discussion, improving own learning and performance all from boxing related activities.

The year 11’s students worked very hard this year to complete the ASDAN Boxing National Qualification and the school is very proud of them. The year 10’s are now over half way with their Boxing GCSE and will look to complete the qualification in the next school academic year. With the New Year 10’s picking up and commencing the new boxing GCSE course.

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 Recreational and 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 ASDAN CoPE Boxing GCSE Educational Qualification.

ABA CEO Paul King commented “This is a historical event for the Amateur Boxing Association of England. We have reached a new high in Boxing in schools, the ABA of England can now confirm we have a great Recreational Boxing Awards programme, an Educational Programme and our competitive programme already speaks for itself with the great work on the domestic, national and International scene. The ABA of England is delighted with the outcomes of the GB National Boxing Awards programme and the ASDAN CoPE Boxing GCSE Educational Qualification.