Portsmouth High School

Portsmouth High School

The Boxing in schools vision moved another step closer when Portsmouth High School for girls, after running a very popular taster session before the summer holidays started the GB Boxing Awards Scheme in there school.

Heart of Portsmouth Academy head coach “Q” Shillingford MBE and Portsmouth own European Boxing Champion Ebonie Jones ran a boxing taster session for the school before the summer holidays, which proved very successful, Jones who also showed her boxing skills on the pads with coach “Q” Shillingford.

The taster boxing session had a very big impact, as 28 students attended the first session, on Wednesday 10th September 2014 in the school hall and were put through their paces by HOP coaches.

After a fun warm up the students were shown stance, guard and straight punches in the first session. Also how to hold pads for each other as well.

Portsmouth High School Headmistress Mrs Jane Prescott said “I am very keen for the students to build confidence and courage through sport. The GB Non-Contact Boxing programme is a great tool for our students to develop those skills and much more.

“Q” Shillingford explained, Portsmouth High School is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the leading provider of independent education for girls in the UK.

The taster session before the summer involved 14 students, the word clearly went round the  schools, as I could not believe how many turned up for the first session.

The students were very positive and many of them showed a lot of potential and picked up the boxing moves very quickly. The students will now move forward to start the first level of the six level GB Boxing Awards. The Preliminary Award will start on Wednesday 17th September. Then the students will move onto the Standard Award and the Bronze award.   It looks like that boxing in the Portsmouth High School for girls could prove very popular.