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Royal Navy Packs a Punch to Support Youth Boxing

L-R  Paul King (Chief Exec ABA) and Captain Chris Alcock (Captain Naval Recruiting) sign the contract at the launch of the RN/ABA Partnership.
Students from the Royal Nautical School, SE London and Captain Chris Alcock, Captain Naval Recruiting (left) and Mr Paul King ABA Chief Executive (Right) at the launch of the RN & RM / ABA partnership launch.
Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor (POPTI) Quinton 'Q' Shillingford, gets the opportunity to spar and train with one of Englands best boxing prospects George Groves at the launch of the RN & RM / ABA partnership launch.

Royal Navy Launches Five-Year Amateur Boxing Partnership

The Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Marines (RM) on the 8th Nov 06, were pleased to announce a £200,000 five-year partnership with the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABA).

The groundbreaking deal was officially launched at HMS President by Captain Chris Alcock OBE, Captain Naval Recruiting and Mr Paul King, ABA Chief Executive.  Other guests include Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist Frankie Gaving, Stephen Smith and bronze medallist James Degale.

The partnership was the first time the RN and RM have committed themselves to developing youth boxing in cities and the more urban areas across England.  It was also an ideal opportunity to not only promote the career opportunities amongst 30,000 boxers at the ABA’s 652 registered clubs, but to demonstrate the social values that are upheld by the quality men and women of today’s armed forces. 

Captain Chris Alcock OBE, Captain Naval Recruiting said:
“This is the first time the RN and RM have established links with youth boxing and the ABA, so it is a very exciting development for us.  It demonstrates our commitment to developing grass roots sport, through sponsoring the showpiece junior competitions whilst raising awareness of career opportunities.  More over, our work promoting leadership, fitness and coaching in local clubs to nurture young talent may even produce future Olympians.”

“The RN and RM have a long history of competitive boxing and we are hugely successful in helping personnel to achieve sporting success up to international level.  Boxing needs self discipline, hard work, outstanding fitness, courage and team work – just the sort of qualities that we look for in potential recruits and are which are vital to our future operational effectiveness.”

Under the deal, worth £40,000 a year untill 2011, Royal Navy and Royal Marines activity will include:

  • sponsorship for the ABA Golden Gloves Championships (for 12 to 14-year-olds) and National Junior Championships (for 15 to 17-year-olds);
  • boxing coaches and sports outreach teams working with young people at its 652 registered clubs and 30,000 membership; and,
  • running leadership and physical training courses at the ABA youth camps.

ABA Chief Executive Paul King said:
"The Amateur Boxing Association of England is proud to engage in partnership with such an extremely high profile and credible sponsor such as the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The partnership will enhance participation in the sport of amateur boxing and will also offer an integrated provision of support and joint provision of activity from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and ABA.

"The essential funding provided by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines will be targeted towards grass roots participation and deliver real outcomes and positive experiences for all participants be they recreational or competitive for both male and female groups.

"This unique partnership will enhance the ABA's ability to acess al areas of the country and provide a high standard of physical activity and experience in conjunction with our new partners."