Fingal Schools Boxing Programme

by Niall McGuirk
by Niall McGuirk on November 14, 2014 in Fingal, Managers

Schools Boxing Programme I forgot how hard boxing training was…I suppose it has been 20 years since I last had a pair of gloves on! God I’m excited though! I’m interning with Fingal ‘s Sports Office, computers are my thing but I mentioned to my boss that I use to box and he arranged for […]

I forgot how hard boxing training was…I suppose it has been 20 years since I last had a pair of gloves on! God I’m excited though!

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I’m interning with Fingal ‘s Sports Office, computers are my thing but I mentioned to my boss that I use to box and he arranged for me to link up with some boxing coaches who are working in Fingal schools. It’s an intro to boxing programme for kids in primary school. For many of them it’s something knew maybe something they’re ever only seen on TV or in a film. I’m not even sure if they realise how good this sport is yet but if like me the boxing bug bites them it’s something that will stay with them for a very long time – maybe even forever!

Boxing is great for you, whether you are 8 years old or 50, the basic training required for boxing will make you infinitely fitter than you have ever been in your life. You can’t box without getting fit just as you can’t swim without getting wet. You can’t punch anything for three minutes – heavy bag, speedball, pads etc., without a good level of cardiovascular fitness.

You have to commit to boxing and it’s like anything, what you put in is what you get out! You can’t do it when the mood takes you. Boxing is not like skiing or scuba diving, it is not something you can do once a year on holiday. Boxing is not even like football or tennis. You can’t do it on the odd sunny day in the park. Boxing requires dedication, discipline and grit.

Here is what is special about boxing training your physical fitness is just the start. Boxing is really about your mental fitness. Boxing makes you calmer, teaches you self-control, and heals your head. Boxing stimulates respect for yourself and others. If you are an aggressive person you will quickly learn that you can’t box without self-control.

We have 4 schools registered and the children are very excited…they keep asking “when do we get to put on the gloves!” Now I’m beginning to smile wondering why I ever took off the gloves…as many a famous boxer has done…you’re never too old to get back in the ring!

Comments are welcome, looking forward to next week when the real fun begins.