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England Boxing wants everyone to feel welcome when taking part in the sport – whether as a boxer, coach, official, volunteer, parent, spectator or in some other capacity – regardless of background, ethnicity, age, gender, beliefs or any disability a person may have.

While amateur boxing is celebrated as an inclusive sport, we as a national governing body recognised that we can and must do more to ensure there is equal opportunity for all.

Review and working group

As a result, in 2020, England Boxing set up a working group to help improve its diversity and inclusiveness, which in turn commissioned a review led by London Club Support Officer Bevis Allen.

The review made seven key recommendations, which you can read by clicking here. You can also read the full report by clicking here.

In June 2021, England Boxing also announced it was establishing a new Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Sub-committee, to be chaired by Michael Norford, which will report in to the board.

Raising a concern

England Boxing does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. If you want to report an incident involving any form of discrimination, please contact, in confidence, the England Boxing Compliance department.

You can do so by emailing safeguarding@englandboxing.org.

Cultural calendar dates 2023

This list is not exhaustive and should act as a guide only.

Date Event
1-Jan New Year’s Day
22-Jan Chinese (Lunar) New Year
27-Jan Holocaust Memorial Day
February LGBT History Month
8-Mar International Women’s Day
17-Mar St Patrick’s Day
22-Mar Ramadan (30 days)
6-Apr Passover (8 days)
7-Apr Good Friday
9-Apr Easter Sunday
22-Apr Eid at Fitr (Ramadan ends)
1-May Deaf Awareness Week
13-May Mental Health Awareness Week
26-May Vesak (Buddha Day)
22-Jun Windrush Day
October Black History Month
11-Nov Remembrance Day
12-Nov Diwali
3-Dec International Day for people with Disabilities
25-Dec Christmas Day

Inclusive opportunities

Boxing

Women’s Aspire Programme

The programme was set up to give more opportunities from women and girls across the England Boxing regions to come together at the home of English and British amateur boxing, The Lion’s Den in Sheffield, to help expand and grow the pool of female boxers within the sport, both recreationally and competitively.

Boxers are chosen by each region for the sessions, which are typically three times a year and feature a different theme each time.

For more information email: laura.sargeant@englandboxing.org

England Boxing Community Inclusion Clubs

In autumn 2021, a total of 20 England Boxing Community Inclusion Clubs were established at boxing clubs spread across the country, each focusing on a specialist area.

You can find the full list of them, and where they can be found geographically, by clicking here.

For more information, email: alicia.winbolt@englandboxing.org

Coaching

Women’s Coach Development Programme

Set up in 2021, the Women’s Coach Development Programme aims to improve both the number and standard of women coaches across the country.

The programme features both online sessions and practical sessions at a residential weekend, where ideas, skills and best practice are exchanged.

A WhatsApp group helps bond the group together and those who have passed through the programme are encouraged to help mentor the next generation of coaches.

For more information email: laura.sargeant@englandboxing.org

Officiating

Women’s Official Development Programme

Set up in 2022 on the back of the success of the Women’s Coach Development Programme, the Women’s Officials Development Programme has a similar aim to develop the next generation of women and girls… this time among officials.

Group and one-to-one sessions will be held either virtually or face-to-face throughout the year-long period.

Practical elements will be organised and delivered in partnerships with England Boxing regional associations, in addition to invitations to shadow and/or participating in the England Boxing Women’s Winter Box Cup.

For more information email: amypu.ebedi@gmail.com