England Boxing New Season starts today
June 1, 2018 | by Gemma Field
England Boxing New Season starts today
On behalf of England Boxing, we would like to welcome all the current clubs, members and volunteers to the 2018/19 season. We would like to thank you for all your support and contribution to the sport of amateur boxing in the clubs, regions and the many events and competitions throughout the country over the past twelve months.
Likewise, we welcome all new and returning clubs and members and hope you are as excited as we are for the new season.
We would like to remind you of some of the changes taking place this year, which have been put in place from the feedback given by members over the last twelve months.
England Boxing is pleased to announce that the new Matchmaker service and programme is now fully live for all England Boxing clubs to “match” their club shows.
The Matchmaker is free of charge and has been developed with a number of Club matchmakers and Regional Associations.
The Matchmaker can be used to match club shows and record boxers’ historic and ongoing bouts. Shows can be matched in a similar method to how clubs currently match them and as well as being free of charge, there are a number of additional useful features. These include; club shows added to the matchmaker being advertised on the events calendar, which it’s anticipated will help promote the shows and let people know when and where shows are taking place. It will also allow boxers to have a true record of historic bouts, which will assist with the safeguarding and wellbeing of boxers. It also means England Boxing will, in the future, be able to recognise significant milestones for a boxer, for example reaching 100 bouts. This also means from the 1st June any events inputted into the Matchmaker will be available for boxers and the clubs to view.
To help clubs to utilise the new Matchmaker, Clubs should follow the video tutorials on the Knowledge Base on The Vault, to assist with the setup and the ongoing use of the Matchmaker.
To assist clubs further, the Club Support Officers will hold a number of workshops within the regions to demonstrate and answer questions. This will make sure that clubs can use the Matchmaker and benefit from the free service. Please contact your local Club Support Officer to a workshop http://abae.co.uk/aba/index.cfm/about-us/club-support-officers1/
There will also be support from the England Boxing office. Clubs can access and complete the initial one time set up of the Matchmaker through the club profile on The Vault.
We believe this is a significant step in the provision of services to the membership and England Boxing would like to thank all clubs for their support in the build-up to and during the launch of the Matchmaker. We look forward to clubs utilising and benefitting from the Matchmaker, should there be any queries then please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vault / Registration
Please note that all current members will need to renew their membership on The Vault (https://www.englandboxinginsight.com/auth/login) to remain active members of England Boxing.
Here are just some of the updates to The Vault our members and clubs will notice from the start of the 2018/19 season:
- Member/Club application – To become a member/club there will be a one-page application process rather than the current multiple page system. This will be simpler to complete.
- ID card – Members who require a membership ID card will receive a new look ID card, which will have a larger picture and easy to read information.
- Shopping basket – Clubs will now be able to add existing members’ affiliation fees to their club’s shopping basket. This will enable a club to pay for its members in one transaction. We had lots of feedback suggesting this would help streamline the overall process for clubs.
- Medical database – Coming during the 2018/19 season – The module will allow doctors to record medical data after medicals and bouts. This will enable the medical subcommittee to collate much needed medical data for analysis.
- Insurance microsite – Coming soon there will be a full insurance microsite, which will give clubs and members all the information required on the insurance they receive as part of their membership and they will also be able to purchase any further insurance they may require to run the club and box abroad
It is important to note that all members and clubs must read and agree to the membership terms and conditions to become a member of England Boxing and decide if they would like to hear about all the exciting news from us.
With the appointment of a new Competitions & Events Manager, England Boxing has been able to start to provide better delivery of the National Competition finals and we will carry on working with Regions and Clubs to deliver further improvements and more opportunity to compete and to continue to produce the national amateur champions of England at Schools, Juniors, Youth, Development and Elite levels.
England Boxing has also launched a Women’s Box Cup scheduled to take place in December 2018 as part of initiatives to get more women and girls involved in boxing. The competition will be supplemented by courses and seminars aimed at getting more women into coaching and officiating. We are also looking at introducing more inter-regional competitions.
As you will be aware the English Title Belts format is currently being reviewed, more details will follow with the updated format to give boxers a clear pathway and opportunity to compete for regional through to national belts.
England Boxing had a record-breaking 2017, where 27 medals were won at major international events at all levels. Incredibly, 16 of these medals were gold! We would once again like to thank all the boxers, coaches, managers/administrators, clubs, supporters and families who have helped contribute to this record year.
With the implementation of an updated and clearer pathway model that started in February, which features clearer entry and exit points and inductions for all boxers, the new system should hopefully see further success this year.
We look forward to all the upcoming events which include the GB Elite Three Nations, GB Schools Three Nations, Youth Worlds and Olympics and the Junior Europeans and wish all the boxers and coaches good luck.
The Level One Coaching Course has now been run by England Boxing for over a year and during the 2017/18 season, over 90 courses have taken place with 1800 new coaches have taken the course. Plans are now underway for the release of the revamped Level Two and Level Three courses in the 2018/19 season.
We have also started to review the content and delivery of the Officials courses.
The aim is to offer an extensive course range including training on nutrition, strength and conditioning etc, as part of the England Boxing Strategy which has committed to fully invest in the boxing membership.
We are pleased to be able to confirm that this season, England Boxing is redesigning its website to enable members and the public to have a clearer and easier journey to the information they require on amateur boxing.
We have worked to ensure it will have a fresh and modern look & feel and we hope that you find the new website easier to use. Plus, it should be mobile friendly!
We will also be including more imagery from our clubs and members so please continue to send in your stories, so we can share them across the site.
The England Boxing Club Finder has been made available on the England Boxing website. The Club Finder allows potential members to find clubs within the area with facilities to suit their needs and the ability to view session times. So please ensure your Club information is up to date when you register for the 2018/19 season.
We are pleased to say that the majority of our coaches have committed to ensuring they have completed a safeguarding course which plays a major role in ensuring our juniors members are kept as safe as possible within our boxing clubs and the boxing environment.
The introduction of the England Boxing Rule Book is a way to collate many of the rules and guidelines involved in putting on a bout, participating in training, preparation and competitions. We believe this book will bring greater clarity regarding the Rules to Boxers, Coaches and Officials and help to ensure that boxing continues to be conducted in a safe and regulated manner. To find a copy of the rule book you can visit the Knowledge Base on The Vault or find it here
It is planned there will further updates and clarity of the rules, regulations in the forthcoming year which are all aimed at making the delivery of boxing as safe and clear as possible and remove any misunderstandings.
The ban on facial hair for boxers has also been removed from today the 1st June 2018. England Boxing has made the decision to remove the rule at domestic level which forms part of its aims to fully embrace inclusivity in the sport. England Boxing will continue to lobby AIBA to get the rule changed at an international level.
We have also changed the Articles of Association, to allow those Clubs with one carded member to be able to vote and take part in the organisation’s decision-making process, thus bringing greater democracy to the membership.
We hope you will agree there have been improvements this year and we plan for more in the forthcoming season. Once again, we would like to thank all of our members for their contribution and support of amateur boxing in this country and we look forward to seeing you all in the 2018/19 season.