England Boxing launches new 2022-27 Strategic Plan

November 23, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


England Boxing is delighted to publish its new 2022-27 Strategic Plan Inspiring and Transforming Lives Through Boxing.

The 13-page document outlines ambitious plans for how the national governing body for amateur boxing in England will build on the progress made in the 2017-2021 strategic plan, and the continued great work from so many in the sport, as it emerges from the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Recognising that boxing has the power to bring communities together with its uniquely powerful ability to engage people from different backgrounds and connect them, the strategy outlines  in detail the work that will be undertaken over the next five years to help support the clubs in fulfilling this opportunity.

It has been put together following consultation from a host of partners and stakeholders, not least member clubs, who are located in the heart of the communities they serve and run by people who know and understand the issues and challenges being faced by their members every day.

The plan is built around four objectives of A Thriving Boxing Community, An Inclusive Diverse and Accessible Sport, An Inspirational and Aspirational Talent Pathway and A Respected and Valued NGB.

Connected to those key pillars are strategies and what England Boxing is aiming to do to deliver these ambitions in conjunction with our members, clubs and regions.

“Boxing is a sport that is centrally placed to tackle deep routed societal challenges and inequalities within some of the most marginalised and diverse communities in the country,” said Chair of England Boxing’s Board of Directors, Caspar Hobbs.

“In devising this strategy, we want to provide opportunities for everyone involved in the sport to help shape, determine and influence the direction we will take in order that we can build a positive future for our members and the communities they represent.

“We have a hugely diverse membership and we aim to grow the breadth of that diversity over the next five years.”

England Boxing already oversees more than 950 affiliated clubs, 21,000 formal members and 125,000 recreational boxers spread across the country.

The organisation carries out a host of functions, including overseeing the safety and welfare of its members through child protection and compliance, the development of coaching and officiating programmes and helping to deliver community outreach programmes that have real impact.

It also provides a hugely successful talent pathway for boxers at international level, which has produced a record number of medals in recent years, and oversees the competition framework, which includes five national championships, of which the National Amateur Championships dates back to 1881.

England Boxing Chief Executive Officer, Gethin Jenkins, added: “As we emerge from Covid-19 we were keen to put together an ambitious strategy that understands the needs of everyone involved in boxing.

“We want to remove barriers to participation, ensure greater diversity and inclusion and provide the necessary support and backing to maximise involvement, thereby helping the clubs in delivering the outstanding work they do in local communities, week in, week out.

“We also want to ensure everyone understands the important role they play and how they can progress through and contribute to the sport, while also enjoying boxing in a safe environment.”

You can read the plan in full by clicking here.