Coronavirus update: guidance around curriculum, extra-curricular and out-of-school activities involving boxing

March 5, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


England Boxing can now provide guidance around curriculum, extra-curricular and out-of-school activities involving boxing – which relate to education settings only – ahead of the reopening of schools, colleges and universities on Monday (8th March).

The government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has advised that boxing activities can only resume in the following instances:

  1. Where the boxing training is part of the curriculum (such as the DISE programme).
  2. When a boxing club goes into a school or educational establishment to deliver pre-arranged sessions that are part of the curriculum or extra-curricular activities.
  3. When a boxing clubs hosts a session that provides pre-arranged before and after-school activities or wraparound care (such as for the formal care of children of key workers).

For the avoidance of doubt, clubs cannot set up these sessions retrospectively – it must have been a formal, existing arrangement with an educational establishment that is already in place.

In all cases, the activity must remain non-contact and socially distanced at all times, with no padwork, sparring or competitions, restrictions that have previously been in force for amateur boxing throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic.

If you will be running eligible activities, please consult the Department for Education’s Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance and the government’s guidance on Protective Measure for Out-of-school Settings before doing so.

England Boxing is still awaiting further guidance from DCMS on the specifics of what boxing training will be permitted from 29th March (the scheduled earliest return date for organised outdoor sport) and from 12th April (the scheduled earliest date for the reopening of gyms). Information regarding these two dates will be communicated  to the Membership once it has been received.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank members and clubs for their patience at this difficult time and will continue to push for a full return to boxing as soon as possible.

Any further questions or enquiries should be directed to