Twelve Portsmouth school students have made history after becoming the first school students in the country to gain GCSE Boxing qualifications.

Students make history with GCSE Boxing qualification
The students, from Charter Academy in Portsmouth, all gained B grades in their GCSE, which is accredited by the ASDAN examining board and teaches the basics of the sport along with key skills such as team work, problem solving, research, discussion and improving learning and performance.

Dame Sharon Hollows, Principal of Charter Academy said: “The introduction of amateur boxing to Charter Academy has been fantastic. The sport has had a very positive impact on all our students. The sport is very new for many of them, but they’re all enjoying learning about it. The year eleven students worked very hard this year to complete the GCSE and the school is very proud of them.”

Some of the students on the course, with Principal Dame Sharon Hollows and ABAE Chairman Keith Walters The Charter Academy was the first school to run the ASDAN CoPE Boxing GCSE in curriculum time, and students have the advantage of studying in a school which has its own boxing club – the Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy.

The club runs non-contact breakfast club and after-school boxing sessions, as well as recreational boxing for the school’s PE students. In the evenings it opens for competitive boxers from around the Portsmouth area.

ABAE Chairman Keith Walters said: “This is a huge step forward for the sport and the intention is to roll out the recreational and educational programme throughout the country.”

ABAE Chief Executive Paul King said: “The ABAE is delighted with the outcomes of the GB National Boxing Awards programme and the ASDAN CoPE Boxing GCSE qualification.”

To view the ASDAN CoPE Boxing GCSE Educational Qualification criteria go