Downend Boxing Club resumes training
Pictured right: Downend Boxing Club's Archie Smith working with Max Buckley on the first session back
TRAINING has resumed at Downend Boxing Club as distancing rules are eased.
Operating in accordance with England Boxing conditions, boxers aged under 18 can now mix for training, including pad work and sparring, and 32 of them attended the club at the Harry Crook Centre in Fishponds to have annual medicals to re-commence training.
Adults were still limited to training in segregated areas, with sparring not allowed for over-18s at this stage.
But the club hopes this will change as covid restrictions are further eased and, in time, there will be a return to competition.
Training in the gym has been hit by the lockdowns called over the last year to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Although some training in the gym was allowed during the autumn, distancing rules were still in place, and for most of the past year boxers have had to train at home or outdoors.
Head coach Craig Turner said: "We are exceptionally proud of our young people, who have continued to dedicate themselves to training during this terrible time.
"We have received films and pictures from them training in sheds and fields in all sorts of innovative ways, from lifting bricks to making punch bags from tyres.
"England boxing initiated the Strava running challenge that was won for five weeks by 20-year-old Jasmine Poole, and her achievement prompted a lockdown training film of Jasmine’s regimen to be posted on the England boxing website.
"Consistently, the young people have exhibited their commitment to the sport and personal discipline in maintaining not only their physical but mental health.
"Our outdoor sessions were always fully attended and our young people were always hugely excited to see their teammates.
"But excited is an understatement when the return to the gym was announced!
"We received twenty messages wanting to know details of when they should attend, and although sessions for under 18’s are restricted to seven at a time, a stream of young people can be seen waiting for their turn.
"They are already working hard!"