Boxing star returns for Bridlington masterclass
9th December 2013 10:27am - Return to press releases
Students at East Riding College were inspired by a visit from Great Britain boxing star Amanda Coulson to one of their sports sessions.
The former Amateur Boxing Association British champion coached learners and took part in a question and answer session during one of their weekly boxing coaching sessions at Bridlington Sports Centre.
It formed part of the College’s Active! scheme, which aims to encourage students who are less likely to play sport to take part in regular exercise.
The visit was made possible by Sportivate, a National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative, which funds the boxing sessions that are delivered at the College by Damian Grant from Bridlington Amateur Boxing Club.
It follows on from Amanda’s October visit to the College’s Beverley campus and the official opening of a new all-weather sports facility at the Bridlington campus by Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson in November.
Student Jess Chadwick, 18, from Bridlington, said: “It was great to have an elite athlete come and visit us and hear about how she has made it in what was once a male-dominated sport.”
Another student, Kyle Matthews, 17, also from Bridlington, said: “It was good to get some coaching from someone that knows the sport inside out and is now involved with coaching elite performers herself.”
Lecturer Alex Bell said: “The College has been fortunate to have two elite athletes visit the College in the same month. The learners have enjoyed the Q&A sessions and the coaching advice given, and have been able to get a real insight into the life of a world champion performer.”
To help inspire and motivate Sportivate participants, Sport England’s Sporting Champions team of current and retired elite athletes, many of whom competed at London 2012, are visiting Sportivate sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.
In her capacity as a Sporting Champion, Amanda hopes she can use the inspiring memories of London 2012 to help the young people at this boxing project which is supported by the Humber Sports Partnership, stay in sport one year on from the Olympic Games.
She said: “I really enjoyed visiting this exciting Sportivate boxing project at East Riding College. The opportunity to support such community sports programmes is a real privilege for me.
“I’m hopeful that by using the Olympic and Paralympic legacy from London 2012 and through my experiences in competing at elite level, I can inspire all the young people in attendance to sustain their sports participation.”
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