New Club Support Officers for Midlands and London regions
September 23, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny
Two new Club Support Officers have been appointed to serve the Midlands and London regions.
Louise Vidor replaces Mick Maguire in the Midlands post after his appointment as Competitions and Events Manager.
Dan O’Sullivan takes on the role in London, replacing Bevis Allen, who is England Boxing’s new Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Officer.
Vidor is a Level 2 coach at the Bright Star Boxing Academy in Shropshire who was a member of the first cohort to pass through the England Boxing Women’s Coach Development Programme.
She moved into coaching after initially joining to help improve her fitness.
“Some friends persuaded me to come along to a new boxing class called ‘Bright Star’ which was running from a local gym and the rest is history!” said Vidor.
“The demand for the boxing classes meant more demand for coaching and so my coaching journey began.
“I believe boxing changes lives and that boxing clubs are essential community assets for creating not only great boxers but great people too.
“I was attracted to the role as I want to support our sport and clubs. As someone who didn’t ‘find’ boxing until my late 20s, I am passionate about making the sport as accessible to young people as possible and giving everyone a chance to try boxing.
“I’m excited to start engaging with clubs, learning more about existing community projects in the Midlands and supporting to develop new projects too.”
O’Sullivan is a well-known figure in amateur boxing circles in the capital, having run Dagenham Police and Community Boxing Club for the past 27 years.
That has seen him take on various roles, including Club Secretary, Level 3 Coach and Grade B judge, while he has also served on the London Boxing Executive Committee for six years and been the Regional Safeguarding Officer.
O’Sullivan is also well known as a Master of Ceremonies, having announced featured at a number of England Boxing National Championships and London Championships, as well as being the ring announcer at the London 2012 Olympics, World Series Boxing and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying tournament.
He said: “I’m a passionate fan and advocate for all in amateur boxing at all levels and positions.
“My life has revolved around the sport for many years in numerous capacities, and now I have a very important job in the sport I love, it doesn’t get much better than that, for me.
“I have always felt that my knowledge and understanding of the sport, coupled with my passion for the sport has driven me to want to be part of the supporting staff. I feel that I have the experience and knowledge to pass on to others, who can benefit from my experience.”
“I’m looking forward to helping clubs in London become more secure and sustainable, whilst helping to develop additional boxing opportunities for all.”