Amateur Boxing

Amateur boxing is one of the major Olympic sports, which has retained its popularity throughout the centuries.  It is now practised in over 200 countries.  In England it is governed by the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE), which lays down stringent rules and regulations for clubs and tournaments, primarily designed to promote the safety and welfare of participants.  Waterfront Boxing Academy has been affiliated to the ABAE since 2007 and is a member of the Midland Counties Regional Association.

Training is under the supervision of ABAE qualified coaches, who are all CRB (DBS)-checked in line with Best Practice.




It is part of human nature that people, primarily males, wish to test themselves physically and to compete in friendly combat.  As a sport, amateur boxing (which should not be confused with professional boxing or the “fight game”) is highly regulated.  Safety is the paramount consideration.  All competition takes place under close medical supervision and the sport has an enviable safety record.  Compared with more popular sports such as rugby or football it is extremely safe!  But it is, of course, a contact sport and for many people that is what gives it its appeal.

In recent years boxing has become more and more popular amongst women and girls.  Female boxing was first introduced into the 2012 London Olympics and it was fitting that the very first gold medal should be won by a Great Britain boxer.  At Waterfront Boxing Academy we have a qualified female coach who runs female boxercise sessions as well as helping with the training of the boxers, and every encouragement is given to women and girls who wish to take up the sport more seriously.

At Waterfront Boxing Academy we lay much emphasis on teaching the skills of boxing, the “noble art of self-defence”.  Boxing is approached as a game of physical chess, which is not to deny the importance of physical strength and aggression, but boxing is so much more than that!  The building of self-confidence and self-esteem and the adaptation to a disciplined environment are critical aspects and aid the personal and social development of the young people taking part.

Physical fitness is a key component, and many members come more for this aspect (boxercise) than for boxing itself.  The training is suitable for both males and females, and members over the age for competitive boxing (40) are welcome to take part in the fitness programmes.

Some parents have expressed concerns that boxing coaching is akin to teaching their children to fight and is encouraging violence.  In fact the opposite is the case.  Accomplished boxers seldom get involved in fights outside the ring.   The sport teaches them the self discipline to walk away and gives them the self esteem so that they do not have to prove themselves by street fighting.  The focus upon healthy lifestyles diminishes the likelihood of becoming involved in excessive drinking or drug taking.

Engaging in some form of physical combat is a natural instinct in most young people.  It may be play fighting, or sometimes more serious confrontations.  By channeling this instinct into a sport which is highly regulated and where safety and welfare are the overriding considerations, young people can learn to control their aggression and express it in constructive ways.  Boxing is not part of the problem of violence in society, it is part of the solution!