Boxing Scotland is delighted to share with you that more than 1,200 participants in the past year took part in sessions as part of a project to boost female participation.
In March 2019, Boxing Scotland was successful in applying for a £13,600 grant from sportscotland’s Woman and Girls Fund.
The Fund was set up by the Scottish Government, with projects having to meet the programme outcome of ‘More woman and girls are participating in sport and physical activity’.
Since April of last year, 10 boxing clubs have been carrying out the project across Scotland. The 10 clubs were; Alloa BC, Bellahouston BC, Dunfermline BC, Granite City BC, Highland Boxing Academy, Leith Victoria BC, Lochee BC, Noble Art BC, Southside Boxing Academy and Wellmeadow BC.
These clubs were recruited into the project to fulfil a programme of activity that included; 16 female-only Active Schools sessions at local schools and six Regional Female Training sessions in their own club each, equating to 160 Active Schools sessions and 60 Regional Female Training Sessions in total.
Before the sporting world was shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, the clubs had successfully held 164 Active Schools sessions across 21 schools and 18 Regional Female Training sessions so far.
These sessions had a combined total of 1,261 female participants, which was broken down to 515 distinct female participants, with more than 90% of them being under the age of 18.
With the project having been expected to run until June 2020, unfortunately the final three and a half months of the project, when the majority of the Regional Female Training Sessions were due to take part, have been postponed for the time being because of the pandemic.
However, for those who have already taken part, there has been clear evidence that they have become more active as a result of the project. Only 50.1% of surveyed partipants were managing at least one hour of exercise per day before the project, but this had risen to 60.5% by the end of the project.
Additionally, 91.6% of surveyed partcipants reported they felt more healthy because of the project, while 78.7% reported they felt more confident because of the project.