Community Boxing Apprentices spotlight: Alys Ball

September 22, 2022 | by Chris Boyd


The apprenticeships have been created to harness the excitement and interest in the sport generated by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – and provide a lasting legacy. As a coach, Alys Ball can’t wait to unearth new talent and help develop them.


What is your name and age?

My name is Alys Ball and I’m 17-years-old.

Are you part of a club already and, if so, in what capacity (i.e. coach, boxer, judge etc..)?

I am part of the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Boxing Academy. I am an England Boxing level one coach and I also participate in boxing training.

How did you first get into boxing?

I first got into boxing through my dad at a very young age. I have a large family and I wanted to spend time with him by doing something that he enjoyed – as he was always at work and I was always at school.

What has been your favourite experience in boxing so far?

My best experience within boxing has been learning new skills, passing my level one coaching course once I turned 17, and watching all the young beginners and novices start to grow their techniques and confidence.

How excited are you to be working to help your local boxing community and what are you looking forward to the most?

Going into my apprenticeship, I am very much looking forward to travelling to meet new teams and aspiring boxers and doing something to engage with the boxing community. I am most excited to be part of the continued growth of boxing.

What do you hope to get out of your apprenticeship?

I hope to continue with England Boxing to promote the sport and find new talent and help them reach their true potential.