Amateur boxing is a skill-based sport with strict rules and safety precautions. It ranks amongst the safest of contact sports (such as football and rugby) with lower injury rates than football, hockey, gymnastics and roller blading. In fact amateur boxing rates as the 75th least dangerous sport in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents table.
Further information regarding the rules, regulations and procedures of the sport can be found on the ABAE (Amateur Boxing Association of England) web page.
All coaches are trained and approved by the ABA; they play a key role in ensuring the well being of people attending the club. The vast majority of people attending the club do so to improve their fitness, general well being and appearance. For those who wish there is the prospect of ABA competition. Appropriate head guards and gloves are available and ABA liability insurance in place. Sessions available range from the predominantly non-contact Boxercise to full contact sessions for competition standard boxers. Please see our ‘Training Times‘ section for details and our ‘Contact Us‘ section to discuss suitability with one of our coaches.
The training available at our club is an excellent way to improve physical health help lose weight and relieve stress. However it may not be suitable for all and in some cases may be medically inadvisable. In those over the age of 40 years and anyone with an ongoing medical condition particularly but not exclusively involving a heart, chest or nervous system, should in the first instance consult the ABA Rules Policies and Procedures medical section as above and discuss with your General Practitioner to assess suitability.
Behaviour and Protective Equipment
Our coaches expect all people attending the club to behave in a respectful and sporting manner towards other members. For those involved in full contact sparring ABA approved headgear and gloves must be worn and are available in the club. Hand wraps, gum shields and cup protectors are also required and should be obtained by the boxers for personal use. We recommend the gum shield should be CE approved and fitted by a dentist. At no time should sparring occur without appropriate protection. Despite these precautions boxing training is a contact sport where injuries do occasionally occur. Anyone attending the club does so on this understanding.