Punching for Progress

Non-contact boxing sessions to educate about healthy choices, improve activity, and learn new skills…..

Kickstart’s amateur boxing coach has been delivering non-contact boxing sessions in Wigan, Leigh, Salford and Trafford.


Over the last 12 months, Year 6 pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School in Leigh have been benefitting from non-contact boxing  classes on Tuesday afternoons.

These sessions are delivered to a group of six pupils for 1 hour, they proceed a healthy lifestyle club delivered to the same pupils over lunchtime. The aim of this work is to educate pupils about healthy choices, improve rates of activity and allow them the opportunity to learn some new skills and experience amateur boxing in a safe environment. Working Closely with PE co-ordinator Mike Chamberlain, the groups have been specially selected to take part each half term.

Amateur Boxing Punching for Prg/ogress

Kickstart has worked with 5 different groups which is 30 pupils from year 6 in total.

Year 6 Teacher Mrs Rothwell says; “The pupils have really enjoyed it, it’s certainly helped focus some of them and I can definitely see an improvement in confidence, especially with some of the girls who seemed nervous when we first mentioned boxing. It’s been really good to get them involved in a sport like this”

Meanwhile, Highfield Primary School in Urmston had their first after-school boxing club, which lasted for a half term with 24 pupils turning up weekly to take part. The pupils learned skills such as; their guard and stance, basic shots, footwork, simple combinations, defences, and how to hold the pads.

Amateur Boxing Coach and Kickstarts Head of education said “I was really impressed with the numbers we got for this club, it’s the first time we’ve tried it at Highfield and it was a real success. I was especially impressed with the pupils who were usually less active and not typically as engaged in PE and sport as some of the others. Everyone really tried hard and put 100% effort in this was particularly noticeable during the circuit training which took place towards the end of the session.”

 The boxing sessions have also been used to engage pupils in our early schools intervention program. In partnership with City West Housing Association, Kickstart has been delivering 10-week intervention courses with small groups of key stage 2 pupils called smart choices. The aim of smart choices is to reduce anti-social behaviour. During these sessions, we discuss topical issues such crime and consequence, understanding feelings and emotions, dealing with anger, what is anti-social behaviour, and hate crime. We also take part in more practical activities like gardening and boxing. The group really enjoyed the boxing and were keen to find out more about some of local boxing gyms.

Finally, Kickstart was asked to help support a multi-agency team based in Wigan which aims to reduce some quite high levels of anti-social behaviour on one particular estate. Again we have used boxing to engage these teenagers whose ages range from 12 to 18.  Dave, ourHhead of education and Level 2 amateur boxing coach has been going to the youth centre based in Platt Bridge, Wigan trying to impart some of his knowledge about boxing and help use it to steer these young people down the right path, over the last two months Dave has been delivering pad work sessions and training both boys and girls who attend the youth centre. The aim is to keep these young people in the centre when it is open, help to get them focussed in more positive ways of channelling their energy, and support them in finding a local boxing gym or other activites that can keep them away from anti-social behaviour.

We are very proud of the impact that these amateur boxing sessions have had and are pleased that children of different ages have had the opportunity to experience amateur boxing in a safe and controlled environment, learning new skills and gaining in confidence.


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