Rathbone establish women and girls programme in capital
June 5, 2020 | by Matt Halfpenny
Rathbone ABC has announced its new #FIGHTTOGETHER community boxing project aimed at attracting more of the capital’s women and girls aged 13 to 25 into the sport.
Starting this month, the programme will deliver free boxing training sessions led by experienced coaches affiliated to the national governing body, England Boxing.
No previous boxing experience is required to join in, which will sessions initially commence virtually to comply with the government’s Covid-19 guidelines before in-person training will follow once restrictions are lifted.
Funded thanks to a grant from Camden Giving, #FIGHTTOGETHER is designed to neutralise the stress of HS2 disruption on young women in Camden, who reside in areas affected by the construction of the high-speed train route, such as Euston, King’s Cross and Somerstown.
Participants will be able to increase their fitness, technical skills and confidence levels, first remotely, then using the top-class facilities at Rathbone.
At the end of the programme, participants will have a pathway into the amateur club where they can continue their boxing journey.
“Boxing offers unmatched levels of self-confidence and motivation that enrich people’s lives inside and outside the gym, but it is a traditionally male-dominated sport,” said Rachel Bower, Head Coach at Rathbone.
“As an England Boxing coach and former National Champion, I am thrilled to be able to share these benefits with the young women of Camden – and we have drawn upon our female membership to deliver it.
“Our Secretary and Treasurer have been instrumental in its planning, along with myself, and we have utilised the creative and IT skills of our female boxers to help with the campaign too.”
Rathbone is a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) as well as an amateur club and serves the communities of Westminster. The club’s mission is to break down traditional barriers to boxing, such as geography, finances, protected characteristics (such as age, disability, sexual orientation) and preconceived perceptions of the sport.
Club officials believe the discipline need, along with the competition it brings, helps delivers personal growth and builds character and strength.