Boxing clever to keep youngsters on the right track - The Leamington Observer

Boxing clever to keep youngsters on the right track

Leamington Editorial 28th Jun, 2024   0

YOUNG people are being invited to a special community boxing event on Sunday (June 30) which aims to help them ‘find structure and focus in their lives and keep them on the right side of the tracks.’

The event, the first of its kind, is being organised by Warwickshire Crimebeat and hosted by Clearys Boxing Gym in Leamington. It aims to inspire and empower young people by learning about the sport – as well as celebrate others with special awards.

The non-profit community gym is owned by Edwin Cleary, who trained with Jack Turpin – younger brother of local boxing legend Randolph Turpin – before himself turning professional.

Clearys has produced some of Leamington’s and Great Britain’s finest fighters over the last 15 years, including Lewis Williams who won gold at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The day will feature a display of boxing training demonstrations for young people to watch and find out more about the sport, as well as the chance to meet local boxing champ Danny Quartermaine, fresh from defending his IBF European Featherweight Title the night before in Coventry.

Young people will also be presented with awards by Tim Cox, the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, following nominations from local boxing clubs, including Clearys, which welcomes up to 300 members since moving into its new £100k premises in Whitnash last September following a crowdfunding campaign.

Kurt Canavan, from Clearys, said: “There are lots of benefits of boxing. Everybody is equal here. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you are, what you do, where you’ve been, as soon as you step into the gym you’re all on a level playing field and that’s very important for mental health as well.

“There are obviously the physical health benefits too and it teaches self-discipline. That’s something we particularly work on with the younger boxers. You have to show the ability to learn, the ability to self-discipline, the ability to work hard and dedicate before you start moving through the ranks. Whether you can box or not at the start it’s not important. It’s about those mental attributes which stand you in good stead for life.”

Warwickshire Crimebeat aims to create safer communities and a better environment for everyone to live and work in by enabling and empowering young people aged five to 25 years to make a real difference and feel part of their communities.

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The event takes place between 1pm and 5pm, alongside the annual Whitnash Picnic In The Park event.



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