British Lionhearts in the Community is a programme to increase participation in boxing in London.

It is linked to the British Lionhearts team that competes in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and is being delivered in six London boroughs throughout 2016 and aims to:

  • Engage with more than 2,600 men, women and children
  • Create 12 new community boxing hub sites
  • Deliver training and opportunities to enable people to get involved in the sport as a coach, official or volunteer.

The programme, which is funded by Sport England and the Mayor of London, is delivered by a network of boxing clubs and community groups and overseen by the national governing body for the sport, England Boxing.

It works through a series of 24 community engagement days spread across Tower Hamlets, Camden, Westminster, Harrow, Enfield and Kensington & Chelsea.

Each community engagement day is held in a busy public space and features a mobile boxing ring managed by trained England Boxing coaches.  Members of the public are given the opportunity to try boxing training, learn basic skills and sample aspects of the sport such as hitting a punchbag or working the pads with a coach.  Individuals that show an interest in learning more about the sport are directed to their local boxing club.

The days also provide opportunities for people to learn about coaching and volunteering option in boxing in their local area.

The first phase of the programme will engage with more than 2,600 people across the six boroughs and establish contact with individuals that are interested in taking-up boxing or becoming more involved with the sport.

In phase two, British Lionhearts in the Community will deliver a series of Boxing Leaders and BOX Coaching courses to those that have expressed an interest in coaching or volunteering.

By the end of one year, the programme aims to establish 12 new Boxing Hub sites in gyms, schools, colleges, sports centres or community spaces across the six boroughs.

When the programme was launched in February 2016, the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “It is less than four years since that incredible summer when Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua warmed the hearts of the nation by winning Gold at the London Olympics. We have been working hard to build on their incredible success and I am delighted to back this scheme, which is taking the sport out to Londoners with the aim of boosting participation levels across the capital.”

British Lionhearts in the Community is overseen by England Boxing’s Community Support Officer for London, Richard Power, who co-ordinates a range of partners that deliver the community engagement days and Boxing Leaders and BOX coaching courses.

These include: Sports Development teams and boxing clubs in each of the six boroughs, London Sport, Get Set Go Sport, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College (EHWLC), Barnet and Southgate College, Westminster University, Greenwich Leisure Limited, Urban Trench Warfare and Fight4Change.

More details on British Lionhearts in the Community are available at http://www.britishlionheartsinthecommunity.com/ and on twitter at @BLionhearts.