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Students make history with GCSE Boxing qualification

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

ABA National Title For Portsmouth Boxer

ABA National Title For Portsmouth Boxer The all new Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) Boxing Academy was celebrating this weekend after 12 yr old Ashleigh Pond won the ABA National Female Boxing Title on Saturday 6th June 2009 held in Manchester Boxing Academy. Head coach of the HOP Junior boxers Paul Kapnisi was delighted with Ashleigh’s performance, “Ashleigh showed a lot of potential in her bout dominating the bout from the start of round 1and she boxed to instructions that was given to her from the corner. The bout was not easy, her opponent Remi Walker from Canvey has been boxing for 3 years and had had 3 bout to Ashleigh’s nine month’s and 0 bouts. I was very impressed in how Ashleigh maintained control of the bout throughout the three rounds. The first round Ashleigh stuck to straight punches using her reach and height advantage, the second round Walker tried to come back into the bout letting go with some big punches, Ashleigh defended the blows and countered very well, in the third round Ashleigh pushed the now tired Walker back and used some fancy footwork to land some very effective combinations. The final score was 13-2 to Pond.

ABA of England Advanced Coach “Q” Shillingford added this is fantastic for the City; Ashleigh Pond has worked very hard to achieve her win, her dedication and commitment to training is unquestionable and she is a shinning example to what young people can do if they put their mind to it, she is also a role model to young females pushing the barriers for sport at all levels, having been involved in amateur boxing for over 30 yrs at all levels, this young person can take her boxing as far as she wants.

ABA Chairman Keith Walters said: Watching young Ashleigh Pond was very enjoyable she picked her punches, kept calm throughout the bout and her footwork was exceptional for a first bouter, her opponent had a lot of experience over her and they both did very well.

“Q” explained “That was 12 year old’s Ashleigh’s first bout after joining HOP approx. 9 months ago; when Ashleigh joined she was put onto the National Boxing Awards programme in which she has worked her way through the six stages of the awards, gaining her 6 ABA National Certificates and Medals. The National Boxing Awards takes a boxer from walking into the gym, knowing nothing about boxing to getting into the ring for their first bout. For further information regarding the National Awards Scheme, log onto

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