12 young people from The Prince’s Trust ‘Get started’ programme got a taste of Army training with The London Regiment this week as they began their journey to become boxing coaches.
The dozen hopefuls undertook a command task used to train British Army Officers and got to see what it’s like donning body armour and 25kg Bergens on the first day of a week long course supported by four coaches from the Metropolitan Police Amateur Boxing Club (ABC).
The course is designed to help 16-25 year olds who are out of work, education or training by offering them challenges to develop their skills and confidence.
Detective Constable Rachel Bower is a former England Boxing Elite Champion and now a coach for the Met Police ABC. She said the programme helps develop skills and break down barriers:
“This is a great opportunity for us to show young people the benefits of boxing, the transferable skills and self-confidence it can teach you, and for them to meet and talk to police officers in an informal setting.”
The activities were held at The London Regiment’s Head Quarters at St John’s Hill, Clapham under the guiding hand of Captain Tom Hallett who said:
“As a regiment we welcome the opportunity to support our local communities across London. Hosting the ‘Get started’ programme has been great fun and an opportunity for our Reserves to share some of the skills and experience they’ve gained from their service in the Army.”