BOXING has been awarded a 26% increase in funding by Sport England following its success in growing grassroots participation over the last four years.
The number of people participating in boxing once per week has grown by 31% from 106,800 in 2008 (Active People Survey 2: Oct 2007-Oct 2008) to 140,400 in 2012 (APS 6: Oct 2011-Oct 2012) making it one of only five sports funded by Sport England to deliver an increase over the four year period.
The funding of £5.8 million is £1.2 million more than boxing received in Sport England’s last four year cycle. £4.8 million will go to the Amateur Boxing Association of England and one million pounds will go directly to fund projects and improvements in boxing clubs.
Richard Caborn, Chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) said: “Boxing is one of the few sports that has continually delivered increases in grassroots participation over the last four years and it is great to see that this achievement has been recognised in the new funding announcement.
“It will help us to build on our success in increasing participation and use the inspiration provided by the men and women in the GB Boxing team at 2012 to help us continue to grow the sport and deliver a genuine legacy from the London Olympics.
“The addition of an extra one million specifically to support boxing clubs is great news for the clubs and a fitting reward for the superb work they do at the grassroots in delivering a huge range of benefits to the people and communities where they operate.
“We are delighted that Sport England have shown such confidence in boxing’s ability to continue to deliver and we look forward to working with them on the delivery of our whole sport plan.”
Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith added: “Boxing has great potential to grow even more over the next few years and become one of the great London 2012 legacy success stories.”
Alongside its core club structure, the ABAE will use Sport England investment to exploit opportunities in health and fitness, personal challenge and fitness training for other sports, primarily amongst the 14-25 age group.
· Developing sustainable clubs by up-skilling volunteers.
· Moving into health and fitness market through the ABA BOX programme
· Encouraging more people into the sport in socially deprived areas and amongst black and minority ethnic ( BME ) communities
· Keeping more people in the sport through events and competition including opportunities for students, women and older boxers