December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Young boxers in the Felixstowe area are getting the best grounding in the sport – and have received certificates to show the progress they are making.
The Felixstowe Whitecollar Boxing Club has been thriving since it was launched and now has premises in the former car showroom at the Co-op garage in High Road West, where it has its ring set up permanently.
The club caters for children, women and men, and several of its members are already successfully taking part in fights across the area.
Children as young as five go to classes, enjoying the exercise, discipline and competitiveness as they learn the basics of the sport.
Coach Gary Garbutt said he was delighted that a group of juniors had been able to gain their preliminary ABA certificates.
This involved the youngsters being put through their paces to show what they had learned.
They were required to illustrate basic work drills, involving defending jabs, presenting the southpaw position, doing the orthodox dance, showing knowledge of the ABA rules, performing some shadow boxing, and warm-up and warm-down routines.
Mr Garbutt said: “I really want to encourage the children and felt it was important, especially for the tens to 16s, that we tried to make it more structured.
“By doing the preliminary certificate they show they have reached a good basic standard as a start and then can work forwards and keep on improving and learning new techniques.
“We have been thrilled with the way the club has taken off.
“We are the first in this area so it gives people somewhere local to train without having to travel, is bringing people who have wanted to try boxing, and for the children it’s great to have a new interest, and provides exercise.”
The club currently has to raise all its own funds for equipment, and this can prove expensive.
Mr Garbutt is hoping to find a sponsor for the club, which was launched a year ago and already has around 100 people training at its centre.
He said: “There are a lot of expenses, such as pads, gloves, hats and so on, and I don’t want the cost of these to put the youngsters and their families off, so we are working hard to try to find a sponsor.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about sponsoring the club should call 07446 13705.