Dame Sharon Hallows with Tasha Cole and Sam Ellwood
Charter Academy working with Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOPBA) had a double hit within a week, when after being invited to speak at the GB Launch at the Houses of Parliament they also had confirmed that all of there year eleven school students from Charter Academy, Portsmouth had passed their ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) in amateur boxing.

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” who deliver the programme within the school.

The HOPBA Coaches/Tutors deliver boxing all over the City of Portsmouth in both primary & secondary schools, colleges and the youth clubs, teaching the GB 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.

Q Shillingford with Tasha Cole and Sam Ellwood
HOPBA 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 Boxing Awards Programme) ASDAN CoPE Boxing Qualification yr 9’s, 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. HOPBA also opens in the school holidays for Boxing Camps where they deliver the GB Boxing Awards programme throughout the summer holidays.

“The HOPBA in Charter Academy is leading the way in Boxing in schools in the country. From September next year they will have 19 yr 11’s , 14 year 10’s and 16 yr 9’s) all studying the ASDAN CoPE Boxing qualification (Which is level 2 Equilivant to a GCSE Grade B).

Dame 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 7 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 (CoPE) Boxing Qualification and the school is very proud of them. The year 10’s are now over half way with their Boxing qualification and will look to complete the qualification in the next school academic year. With the New Year 9’s picking up and commencing the course in September 2011.

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 another huge step forward for the sport of Amateur Boxing and the intention is to keep the ball rolling, we need boxing in education and recreation all over the country. The 6 level GB 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 an educational credit per award towards the ASDAN CoPE Boxing Educational Qualification.

ABAE CEO Mark Abberley commented “The ABAE fully supports the work the GB Boxing Awards programme is doing to inspire a new generation of participants. The Boxing Awards have taken amateur boxing to a new audience by introducing young people to the sport in an environment that is familiar to them, such as their school or local youth club”.

The Awards provide an introduction to boxing by teaching the basics of fitness, discipline and technique, whilst also providing a platform for young people to explore further opportunities within the sport. Many continue to use boxing as a way of increasing their fitness levels and making friends, and others go on to compete at a high level.

The Boxing Tutor Course equips existing coaches with the skills they need to make non-contact sessions fun and engaging, whilst also providing other providers of activities for young people such as PE teachers and Youth Workers with an opportunity to find out about how to provide an introduction to the sport in a non contact fun way. By developing links between schools and community boxing clubs, and by strengthening existing relationships, the programme has made the sport more accessible and inclusive than ever before.

The ABA of England is delighted with the outcomes of the GB Boxing Awards programme and the ASDAN CoPE Boxing Educational Qualification.

ABAE Educational Manager Tom Gilbert said: “To support ABA Boxing Coaches wishing to further their involvement in boxing in schools and to be able to deliver the ASDAN CoPE Boxing Educational Qualification we will be running ASDAN workshops”.

Gateshead, NEast – Wednesday, 28th Sep 11

Stafford, Midlands – Friday, 14th Oct 11

Southwark, London – Wednesday, 26th Oct 11

The course is designed for boxing coaches or teachers/youth workers and people wishing to deliver the ASDAN CoPE Boxing Educational Qualification in Amateur Boxing in schools or from their boxing gym linked in with a school anyone wishing to attend the ASDAN CoPE Boxing course should log onto www.boxingawards.co.uk click Course Dates then click on the Application form for which ever ASDAN course they would like to attend that’s nearest to them.

To view the ASDAN CoPE Boxing Educational Qualification criteria visit www.boxingawards.co.ukclick download and then click ABA Educational Qualification criteria:

For further information regarding boxing recreation or education please contact:

ABAE Education Manager – Tom Gilbert tom.gilbert@abae.org.uk or 07825578082

ASDAN CoPE Boxing Manager ASDAN – Darren Hughes darrenhughes@asdanteam.org.uk or 07748315119

Boxing Awards – “Q” Shillingford on q@boxingawards.co.uk or 07702745590