Trio gain national boxing award

Sam Alchin, Mohammed Barakat and Shaun Burgess, all from the Sidley area near Bexhill, have gained a national boxing award after taking part in a course organised by East Sussex County Council's Youth Development Service (YDS).

Sunday, 9th December 2007, 8:54 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:23 pm

The three were part of a group of young people, ranging from 10-15 years of age, who took part in a 'Boxing 4 Fitness' course set up by the Positive Futures team in the YDS.

The whole group has now achieved theAmateur Boxing Association of England's (ABAE) preliminary award for non-contact boxing.

The six week course is an intensive programme which covers a range of boxing skills and fitness. In addition to learning practical skills, the course aims to increase confidence and self-esteem and encourages the development of participation, social and personal skills. The 'Boxing 4 Fitness course' is one of many such initiatives in the Hastings, Eastbourne and Rother areas organised by the YDS through its participation in the national 'Positive Futures' programme.

Aimed at young people aged between 10 - 19years, 'Positive Futures' delivers a mixture of community sport sessions and targeted sessions in partnership with secondary schools and various other youth agencies. Any agencies that would like further information on the 'Boxing 4Fitness' courses or any other programme that Positive Futures is currently running within the area, please contact Mark Straughan on 01424 852371 or 07974579858.

The 'Boxing 4 Fitness' course at Sidley was funded by the Safer Rother Partnership as part of its youth inclusion work.