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The APPG’s next meeting

The APPG for Boxing will be holding its next meeting on Wednesday 15th March at 10:30am in Portcullis House.

At the meeting, members of the Group will discuss the APPG’s new Statement of Purpose, its research, and the activity programme for the year ahead with corporate guests and individuals from a number of boxing organisations.

Boxing: The Right Hook

Boxing coverThis is the final report of the All Party Group on Boxing. It looks at how boxing can turn anecdote about the positive social impact of boxing into evidence. The report details how evidence should be embedded in policy-making in the fields of improving educational attainment, improving health inequalities, preventing social disengagement and rehabilitating those in the criminal justice system.


Click here or on the image for the report.

The report makes the following key recommendations:

  • Reducing Re-offending:
    A pilot non-contact boxing programme should be trialled for violent offenders in prison who would benefit most.
  • Getting the Data:
    England Boxing should prioritise helping clubs gather data on boxing’s effectiveness as a social intervention.
  • Paying the Bills:
    England Boxing and other sports bodies should help clubs access funding, and create a ‘simplicity kite mark’ for funding applications.
  • Sport at the Centre of Government:
    Government departments should work together to assess the impact of all their policies on sport and physical activity.


MPs put through their paces in the ring at Fitzroy Boxing Club

MPs today took to the the ring at Fitzroy Boxing Club at a ‘boxing taster session’ organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Boxing.

The taster session was designed to introduce MPs to the work of amateur boxing clubs, highlight the social benefits of boxing, and enable MPs to get out of the bubble of Westminster into the real world. The taster session is the beginning of a ‘twinning’ of Parliament with Fitzroy Lodge Boxing Club, which is situated within minutes of the House of Commons. MPs who attended are Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall, where Fitzroy Lodge is situated; Jonathan Djanogly MP, John Cryer MP, Phillip Lee MP, David Davies MP.

Chair of the group, Charlotte Leslie, (MP for Bristol North West) who enjoyed boxing training as a youngster, said:

“This is a great way to get us MPs out of the bubble of Westminster, and firmly embedded in the real world – and get a fantastic work out at the same time. Fitzroy Lodge may only be a few hundred meters from Parliament, but in many ways it is a different world. By bringing MPs to the gym, and forging an ongoing relationship between Parliament and Fitzroy Lodge, I hope we can in some way bridge the gap between politics, and the real world.

“We also hope to continue to shine a light on boxing and its impact on young people.  Clubs like Fitzroy Lodge really do change lives and communities, but are often struggling and need all the support they can get. We aim to show policy makers that boxing clubs are often as close as you’ll get to a silver bullet in tackling gang culture, and behaviour that leads to rioting, and that resources channelled here could not be better spent.

“In joining the club and using it, I hope MPs can help contribute to keeping Fitzroy Lodge flourishing and keeping its doors open to young people for many years to come.”Boxing Taster Session 2

The Taster Session is part of on-going work of the APPG on Boxing highlighting the social effects of boxing. During the Olympics, the group published research suggesting young people who went to a boxing club were significantly less likely than their peers to be involved in the riots of August 2011. The Group is currently undergoing an enquiry into collecting evidence of the impact of boxing, and persuading policy makers to put boxing at the heart of educational and social interventions.

Charlotte Leslie on Ringside

Charlotte Leslie appeared on Sky Sports’ Ringside programme to talk about the role of boxing in the lives of young people.

Click here to watch the clip.

The APPGB on Radio 4

The APPG for Boxing featured in a report on Radio 4’s ‘The World at One’ today, following the launch of the inquiry into the impact of boxing for the lives of young people.

APPGB announces inquiry to mark riots anniversary

As Team GB boxers go for glory in the ring at London 2012 just one year on from last summer’s riots, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers has published the results of an ongoing investigation into the role that boxing clubs play in disadvantaged communities.

The survey, conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Boxing, shows that while many clubs are performing an important role in their communities, they face significant challenges when it comes to accessing funding.

The group contacted clubs in parts of London and Bristol hit by last summer’s riots, and the responses they received revealed the following:

  • Of the 1200 boxers reported to be regularly attending clubs in riot-hit areas (of which 223 were identified as young offenders) only 3 were identified as having participated in the rioting.
  • On average, clubs gave a score of 4 out of 10 when asked to rate how easy it was to secure funding, with 1 being “absolutely impossible” and 10 being “really easy”.
  • The most common financial challenge identified by clubs was a lack of available funding streams.

Charlotte Leslie MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Boxing Group, said:

“The week that we might see Team GB win gold in the ring at London 2012 is also the anniversary of last summer’s riots. This is a timely reminder that sport, and boxing in particular, can make a huge difference in the lives of young people who might otherwise take the wrong path. Someone who was rioting in 2011 may, had things gone differently, have ended up competing for Olympic glory in 2012.”

“This survey is only the start of a much more detailed examination of the role played by boxing clubs and sport more generally in areas affected by crime and anti-social behaviour. The vast majority of clubs we have spoken to told us they are facing an uphill struggle to find funding. This is something that needs to change if we are to ensure that more young people are given the support and structure they need to make a success of their life.”