A group of young boxers, representing a local primary Academy in the heart of Aston-Upon-Lyne took part in a final boxing match between three other local schools, and win by one point.
Pupils from Oasis Academy Broadoak are celebrating after taking home the winning trophy after competing in the Schools Amateur Boxing Association (SABA) championships, with the guest of honour being Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla.
Anthony is a British professional boxer. He held the WBA lightweight title from 2015 to 2016, and the British lightweight title from 2011 to 2012. During his WBA title reign, Crolla was ranked as the world's fifth best active lightweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
The main purpose of this competition was to promote participation in sport, healthy living, working collaboratively and good sportsmanship. Skills boxing promotes the fundamental ABC’s (Ability, balance and co-ordination) of young children.
The aim of SABA is to promote, deliver and regulate boxing in schools and it achieves its goals by providing training and accredited development courses for pupils and teachers.
Fiona Lomas, Principal of Oasis Academy Broadoak, commented on the pupils success, saying; “What an amazing event it was. Our pupils competed against three other Tameside schools and won the annual trophy by one point. We are so very proud of them.”
“A big well done to James Barker (Teaching Assistant) and Hannah Thornton (Teacher and PE lead) who have organised the event.”
This is the first non-contact skills boxing competition nationally in England to be delivered for primary schools. This was supported by SABA and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) who awarded the annual schools trophy and medals to the successful pupils of Oasis Academy Broadoak.
One Parent added; “It has given my daughter so much confidence since she has started the boxing sessions.”
As well as teaching boxing, SABA also run Boxing Leaders courses, where teachers and others that work with children can obtain their Level 1 coaching qualification which will provide them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to safely run boxing courses.