Development Update: East Region
Development Update: East Region
Following the successful Elite Championship Finals on Saturday, BSL would now like to take this opportunity to bring you an update from our recent development drive.
Membership – Since the launch of the revised Boxing Scotland membership structure, which now includes ‘Basic’ and ‘Fitness & Recreational’ users, many clubs have now submitted completed membership forms. This membership growth is pivotal in allowing us to record more accurate membership data and to recognise and value the contribution our individuals make to the sport of boxing – This is a continued process and we look forward to receiving any pending membership forms soon.
Growth: New Clubs – Not only has membership grown via our revised membership structure, we have also welcomed 3 new clubs to the East Region this season; The Edinburgh Boxing Academy (TEBA), Trench Boxing Club and Rosyth Boxing Club are all now fully affiliated and operational clubs – BSL looks forward to working with them moving forward.
By extension of this, BSL has had enquires from additional individuals who are at various stages of opening new clubs in the East Region and indeed, we will support their development and welcome them to the Boxing Scotland family when the clubs reach this stage.
Further development – Over the past 12-18 months, intermittently BSL have updated you on some successful school, community and grassroots projects. To build on this into the mid-long term, we have opened discussions with various supporting partners who have a desire to engage with targeted individuals across the East Region and beyond. This is an exciting time for boxing and we endeavour to bring you further updates as this progresses.
Active Schools & Bring Back Boxing – As previously reported, Clovenstone Boxing Club were successful in their joint funding application to Awards for All with Clovenstone Community Education Centre. This funding has allowed their school and community delivery to continue into the mid-long term, and for bespoke improvements to be made to the gym itself.
By extension, there are current successful Active Schools/Bring Back Boxing school and community projects being delivered by a number of clubs right across the country. These include:
- Jimmy Stirling of Hamilton Boxing Club has recently commenced his second programme of delivery within St. Thomas Primary School. Having initially completed a 10 week Bring Back Boxing programme of delivery to fifteen Primary 6 pupils, the school has now invited Jimmy to deliver a further 10 week programme to an additional 20 pupils as part of the school curriculum. The school has wholly accepted the benefits that this delivery can have on these individuals and has provided positive feedback. The opportunity for these youths to continue participating in boxing has been offered through their local club.
- In addition, BSL previously reported that Jo Holt had successfully obtained £600 from the Drumchapel Community Sports Hub – This funding has allowed Jo to deliver Bring Back Boxing in 3 Primary Schools (2 x 6 week programmes), 2 High Schools (2 x 4 week programmes and 1 x 9 week programme) and a 12 week programme in an Additional Support Needs School.
Following this success, we will continue to work with Jo and the Active Schools network to support continued delivery moving forwards.
Clearly there is a lot of good work being delivered by our clubs throughout the East Region and beyond. If any East District clubs are interested in further engaging with the East Region Development Officer on any of the above matters, then they can contact Asher firstname.lastname@example.org.