New performance guide aims to support grassroots coaches and boxers by providing a framework for the development of elite boxers

By 7th November 2018News

The Pathway to Success provides a roadmap for boxers into the GB Boxing squad

GB Boxing and the national governing bodies (NGB) for boxing in England, Scotland and Wales, have linked-up to produce a performance guide, “The Pathway to Success”, to support coaches and boxers and provide a framework for the development of elite boxers.

The guide uses the knowledge and experience of the coaches and support staff that work with the GB Boxing squad and the national teams of England, Scotland and Wales to create a framework designed to help boxers maximise their talent.

It is available free of charge to all boxers and coaches in England, Scotland and Wales and can be downloaded from

“The Pathway to Success” showcases the pathway for the progression of young boxers from school to senior level and details the milestones they are expected to achieve to secure the opportunity of becoming a funded athlete on the world class performance programme (WCPP) and a member of the GB Boxing squad.

It is a model for producing elite boxers which looks at every aspect of their development, as both an athlete and a person, and covers the technical, tactical, physical and behavioural characteristics required to become a world class international boxer.

GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken MBE, explained: “Since GB Boxing was established in 2008 (after the Beijing Olympics) Great Britain has enjoyed an unprecedented period of success with men and women from the squad winning 66 medals at 22 major competitions (European and World Championships and two Olympic Games).

“None of this would have been achieved without the superb work of the home nations and the grassroots coaches who have done such a fantastic job of producing boxers for us to work with at GB Boxing.

“The performance guide aims to provide an extra level of support to those coaches and is part of our strategy for helping to sustain the success of GB Boxing by sharing the expertise and knowledge of staff from the world class performance programme with grassroots boxing clubs.

“It aims to empower coaches and boxers and provide them with a framework that will enable the boxers to develop the skills and attributes required to thrive and win medals in international boxing.”

“The Pathway to Success” is a unique collaboration between the home nation NGBs and GB Boxing and includes input from the performance teams at England Boxing, Boxing Scotland and Welsh Boxing as well as those from GB Boxing.

Boxing Scotland’s Chief Operating Officer, Fraser Walker, said: “Boxing Scotland’s performance and coach education pathways are the principle routes for boxing education within Scotland.  The GB Boxing Performance Guide may be used to complement our own pathways and assist boxers and coaches on their journey to the very top of our sport.”

The Chief Executive of England Boxing, Gethin Jenkins, added: “The Pathway to Success guide will be a great additional resource for clubs and boxers to refer to and sits well alongside our coaching courses in England. Our Talent Programme is producing a significant number of medallists and this guide will help our national coaches continue their shaping of talented boxers.”

The guide includes a detailed breakdown of the skills and characteristics required to be successful in international boxing and features a framework to enable coaches and boxers to assess and measure progress.It takes a holistic approach to boxer development and includes input from the sport science and medical professionals from the English Institute of Sport (EIS) that work full-time with the WCPP.

Specific areas covered in the guide include: skills, tactics, physical readiness, mental preparation, personal qualities, professionalism and ensuring good health and availability for training.

The process of producing “The Pathway to Success” was overseen by GB Boxing’s Performance Manager, Robert Gibson.

Gibson explained: “Club coaches have done a fantastic job of developing boxers in recent years and the aim of this guide is to provide them with an additional level of support and a framework for producing boxers that have the characteristics required to make it into the GB Boxing squad and win medals at international competitions.

“It aims to give coaches and boxers an insight into every aspect of what it takes to be world-class and the technical, tactical, physical and behavioural characteristics required to succeed in international boxing.

“The guide is not a one-size-fits-all approach and is intended to be a resource for coaches and boxers that enables them to look at different aspects of their training and pull-out the key elements that are relevant to them at each stage in their development.”