Kings Heath Boxing Club awarded Clubmark accreditation

Kings Heath Boxing Club awarded Clubmark accreditation

Posted: Tue, 04 Jul 2017 10:12

Kings Heath Boxing Club awarded Clubmark accreditation

Kings Heath Boxing Club have achieved Clubmark accreditation, Sport England's universally acknowledged accreditation scheme recognising high quality community sports clubs.

Club Co-ordinator Anne Burnett was presented with the club's Clubmark plaque by England Boxing Head of Development Ron Tulley during a presentation evening held on Monday 3rd July.

The event was attended by Daniel Allen (England Boxing Club Support Officer - West Midlands), Councillor Terrie Eales representing the community of Kings Heath and Alex Le Guével (Sports Development Officer - Northamptonshire Sport), who has supported the club's committee throughout the accreditation process. Head Coach Arthur Daly (Northamptonshire Community Coach of the Year 2016) and James Conway were also present to see the reward of their hard efforts presented.

This was just the latest accomplishment in what has been a hugely successful year for Kings Heath.

Only two weeks ago, the club were crowned 'Best Club' at the Haringey Box Cup, Europe's biggest and most prestigious amateur boxing tournament, where the club's five gold and two bronze medals were enough to hold off competition from the Army and last year's winners Repton.

The club's participation was funded by the Travers Foundation, whose support removed the financial pressure of attending the competition and enabled the coaches to focus on training the team to produce such stunning results.

Success at Haringey follows hot on the heels of Eithan James (56kg) and Ben Vaughan (64kg) being selected to represent Team England at the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas. Kings Heath are the only boxing club in the country to be providing multiple members to this squad.

Both James and Vaughan earned their places on the team by becoming England Boxing Youth Champions, with James going on to collect the GB Youth title as well. In addition, Adam Elliott was crowned Senior Development Class A National Champion at 75kg, producing a stunning third round TKO to take home the belt.

Coupled with their outstanding success in the ring, the club have worked extremely hard over the past twelve months – as a fundamental part of the Clubmark process – to redevelop its offer to the local community and in doing so have built meaningful and lasting relationships with Northamptonshire Sport, Northampton Saints Hitz Project, Always a Chance, Northampton Leisure Trust and a number of local schools.

As a result, the club is now able to offer new beginner groups, women's boxing, strength and conditioning and school satellite sessions, with further boxing leadership and coaching programmes in development. After school sessions, funded by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, have been another excellent addition to the timetable as the club continues to reach out to the wider community.

Speaking on their award, Club Co-ordinator Anne Burnett, said: We are delighted to receive Clubmark accreditation. A lot of time and effort has gone into achieving this as all areas of club management are covered, but it is a hugely worthwhile process and will allow us to move forward with the next stage of our development plan. We have learnt a huge amount whilst completing the application, much of it useful and essential for running a successful club."

Alex Le Guével, Sports Development Officer (NGB's) at Northamptonshire Sport, was also full of praise for the club: "Well done to everyone at Kings Heath Boxing Club on a fantastic achievement. It goes to show that the same principles of hard work and dedication apply in equal measure outside of the ring as they do inside. It's been an absolute pleasure working with the club on their Clubmark application. They continue to set the standard for other community sports clubs to aspire to at both grassroots and performance level."

Daniel Allen, Club Support Officer at England Boxing, added: "Clubmark accreditation is awarded to clubs that meet certain high standards, it's no easy task and a lot of additional work from the club goes into achieving it. I am really pleased to be here to see the club rewarded and they are continuing to go from strength to strength."

For more information about Boxing in Northamptonshire, please contact Alex Le Guével at Northamptonshire Sport using the contact details below:

alex.leguevel@firstforwellbeing.co.uk / 07912891635

Kings Heath Boxing Club awarded Clubmark accreditation

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