West Sussex County Council Youth and Crawley Amateur Boxing Club came together for a six week introduction to boxing course for the youths at Bewbush Youth Centre.
Starting with nine candidates the course ended with five dedicated youths who loved the boxing course and what it had to teach them. This included stamina, respect, focus, discipline and routine.
Nikki Triggs, a West Sussex County Council Youth Worker told us “at the beginning of every term we plan our sessions and we ask the youths what they want to do too. We do EIP (early intervention prevention work with young people) and this time we decided to focus on anger management and exercise. Boxing was one of the suggestions and this is what the children chose to do. They thoroughly enjoyed it and we would love to see more of this again in the future. There are alot of young people out there to engage with. We feel the youths got fit and some of them even stopped smoking, which we think is great.”
We spoke to Matarr Wanda and Chidi Amanwa who assisted CABC with the training. Matarr is currently the Southern and Eastern Champion and has been training with CABC for five years, competitively for six months. Matarr told us “the course went really well and the youths were very responsive. I think they gained alot of discipline and respect from the course and also felt enthused.” Chidi who is just 14 told us “I think the youths gained alot of confidence from the course and self control. It showed them there is another way of expressing anger or frustration, in a controlled environment with great trainers.” Chidi is currently National School Boy Champion under seventy five kilos. Chidi hopes to become professional in the future.
Michael Decker, Level one Caoch at CABC told us “this is our very first outreach programme and Bewbush was the first six week introduction to boxing scheme. Some of the youths were very impressive and I feel they could be good boxers if they kept it up. We would like to encourage more female boxers as only 10% of the boxing world are female.”
Peter Hopcraft told us “we have been a bit gym tired lately so when Michael came on board he put us out there on the interweb and got in touch with WSCC to discuss taking boxing out to the youths of Crawley. We would love to have more interaction with the youths so if any other group would like to engage with us on a programme we are more than keen to do so.”