The All Party Parliamentary Group for Boxing was formed by Charlotte Leslie MP in 2011, with the aim of promoting the sport and keeping it high on the agenda in Westminster. The group provides a forum of debate and fosters practical and political support for boxing, and works with a range of organisations and clubs including the Amateur Boxing Association, the Sport and Recreation Alliance and Fight for Peace. For more information please see the links page.
Set up in 2011, the APPG aims to engage with Government and Parliament to support all aspects of boxing – leisure, amateur and professional. The APPG played an active media role during the 2012 Olympics, and throughout the 2010 – 2015 Parliament.
The APPG aims to set out the benefits of boxing to both individual participants and the wider benefits to society; to raise the profile of boxing and investigate ways to reduce barriers to participation; to examine, promote and enhance the potential of boxing to act as a means of positive social change and development.
The APPG works across government departments, including with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Education, the Home Office, and the Department for Health. The APPG aims to provide a platform for parliamentarians and interested stakeholders to work to reduce the barriers to participation in boxing, celebrate the success of our nation’s boxers, and highlight and advance the potential for boxing to tackle urgent social needs – from mental health interventions to tackling antisocial behaviour, crime and gang-crime, extremism and radicalisation in the UK.
A list of the Group’s officers can be found on the official entry in the register of all-party groups, which can be viewed here.
Please feel free to read our programme and timetable of work for 2017 here. The document sets out our agenda for the year ahead and the work we will be looking to do.