Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Boxing Awards launch for young people in Calderdale

Brother and sister team Rob and Kate Dakers are due to launch the Amateur Boxing Association Boxing Awards in both North Halifax and, more locally, the Upper Calder Valley, later this month in a bid to get more children and young people into a sport that promotes discipline, respect and a healthy lifestyle.

Originally from Zimbabwe, the pair moved to the UK in 2002 and share over 40 years combined martial arts and boxing experience. The first 8 week introductory course, led by the ABA qualified Boxing Tutors will be held at the Bradshaw Church Hall in Illingworth from Thursday 19 February with sessions for 8-12 year olds and 13-16 year olds. The same course will also be running at the Hope Baptist Church, Cheetham Street, Hebden Bridge from Saturday 21st of February.

Rob Dakers, Boxing Tutor at box4fitness said ''These courses are an introduction to boxing and involve no hitting of an opponent or getting hit, so are a safe way for children and young people to explore the sport and see if they want to take it further by joining a boxing club''.

The ABA Boxing Awards are a 5 tier system, each level has 8 sessions and the first 3 levels are non contact, teaching stance, guard, footwork, defences and basic punching. They are fun, recreational classes that include skills games and exercises that boxers use to keep fit like press-ups, sit-ups and skipping. The Silver and Gold Levels must be done in a boxing club where there is a coach and a sparring ring, ensuring a safe and controlled environment.

''The youth programme we deliver covers the Standard, Preliminary and Bronze Awards where students can choose to be assessed and receive certificates and medals for their achievements. The Boxing Awards are also part of an ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), where 6 of the required 12 credits can be gained in a boxing gym together with the theory side of the National Boxing Educational Qualification''.

''We're not only looking for kids who want to box but those who want to participate in exercise and enjoy the benefits this type of training can provide. It improves motor skills like balance, co-ordination and agility and is great for those who don't like the pressure of team sports as it allows them to train individually, within a group'' said Kate Dakers, senior instructor.

At a time when youth crime is escalating, creating a culture of fear and damaging the lives of some of our most vulnerable young people, boxing offers an outlet for boys and girls who can channel aggression in a positive, healthy way. With self control and discipline at its core, it can enhance children's confidence and self esteem, improve their health and fitness and teach them greater respect.

For more information on these courses and other box4fitness courses, like Boxercise, or Women's Boxing, visit the website.

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