Swindon boxing course is a knockout success

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Boxing and martial arts coach Alan Reid has hailed his latest batch of students at his Boxskills training programme.

Reid runs the non-contact boxing class at Scrappers Gym in West Swindon with his daughter Suzie.

And on Tuesday, their latest class of pupils will receive awards for completing the course.

The sessions are for children aged five to 11 years old and a grading system enables each student to progress from the initial preliminary award to the platinum certificate.

Reid, an advance British Martial Arts & Boxing Association coach, believes the course is a great way to help youngsters grow in confidence and learn about self control, mutual respect and discipline.

“These sessions are suitable for children five years and above,” said Reid.

“It’s a great way for children to have fun, make friends and improve their fitness, while learning the skills of amateur boxing.

“We have been delivering boxing coaching sessions to children since 2007.

“In our classes children grow in confidence as they learn about self control, mutual respect and discipline, all in a safe and welcoming environment.

“Students are taught never to use their new skills outside of the classroom.

“The award scheme allows children to demonstrate boxing skills in a non-contact environment. They will demonstrate their skills by shadow boxing and hitting pads, heavy bags and strike shields. There is no contact made with each other.

“The youngsters have all learned a lot in a short space of time. It is clear that the exercise sessions have improved their hand-eye coordination, balance and timing.

“I am also delighted to see that they are acquiring some valuable life skills – such as working as a group and learning about the value of a healthy lifestyle.

“There has been a marked improvement in their confidence and self-esteem and I look forward to working with them – and other recruits – in the future.”

Local boxing legend Paul Rogers, a successful amateur boxer with Penhill ABC back in the day, will present the Boxskills’ pupils with their certificates on Tuesday.

For more information about Boxskills please contact 07733112650, email reidsboxskillsltd@gmail.com or visit the website www.reidsboxskillsltd.co.uk