Boxing has a long history in the East End and can be an effective and enjoyable way to get fit and exercise with the family. To encourage people of all ages, skill and fitness levels to get involved, we partnered with World Boxing Association Featherweight Champion, Barry McGuigan and his team to teach non-contact boxing drills and fun ways to exercise.
The mobile pop-up style rings regularly feature in shopping centres, schools and community centres, as the team tour the local area and Park facilities. Participants can try out fun ‘taster’ sessions to help kick-start getting fit and can take advantage of professional advice and encouragement.
The Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy (BMBA) are delivering a programme of ‘come and try’ taster sessions on the Park that will encourage people to take up regular exercise. The Intergenerational respect programme is delivered by BMBA coaches and provides a less structured and more social programme.
Intergenerational respect programmes use boxing skills and activities combined with health education to break down barriers and conflict within communities between younger and older people. Delivery will include a boxing specific warm up, skipping agility and footwork and coordination and movement skills. This programme provides a chance to learn basic punching activities and footwork techniques to perfect the boxing stance.
A range of training and fitness skills will be offered with information sessions around health and wellbeing. The activities include one to one and small group sessions to improve speed and agility using ladders and hurdles. Body weight conditioning as well as boxing specific exercises will be taught to learning how to condition your body in the gym or at home. Pad work sessions inside a pop up boxing ring and different punch bags will be available to improve fitness and endurance.