The first intake of the East Durham College 'Strike It RIght' academy with England ABA coach Dave Binns

College Boxing Scholars' Course Is A Knockout

Tue, 2002-06-11 01:00

The first ever group of students to enrol on East Durham College’s exciting new boxing scholarship have taken to the ring for the first time this weekend.

The ‘Strike It Right’ Boxing Academy launched this September with seven boxers from local clubs joining the Peterlee-based College.

Brothers Adam Cope, 17, and Luke Cope, 16, both from Gus Robinson’s club in Hartlepool, Jordan Ellison, 17, and Cory Fenwick, 16, from Horden ABC, Jay Hughes, 16, and Jack Storey, 17, from East Durham, and Tom Summerbell, 18, from Tootill ABC in Trimdon are the first recruits to the programme.

Led by England ABA coach Dave Binns, the Academy is designed to help advanced level boxers, aged between 16 and 18, who are already competing at boxing clubs to improve their fitness, boxing skills and knowledge whilst also completing academic qualifications at East Durham College.

And this weekend saw the new students compete for their respected clubs, for the first time since joining the College, at the Belle Vue Sports Centre in Hartlepool; with all the students recording wins and two of the Scholars becoming Tyne & Wear champions.

College boxing coach Dave Binns has been impressed by the talent that has joined the Academy and believes they can all go on to great things.

Dave said: “Since the lads have joined the course they have really impressed me. They have worked hard and are all really enthusiastic to improve their skill sets.

“The programme is designed to work alongside the students, their academic work and their respective clubs to help them with their all round ability. As well as boxing ability we look at the likes of nutrition, diet and fitness to help them improve.”

And Dave has praised the performance of the group at last weekend’s show at Belle Vue and believes their talents are only set to grow.

Dave added: “It was a fantastic show at Belle Vue last weekend, with the north east showing a very high level of boxing.

“The lads from the Academy who competed were fantastic with six coming out with victories and one walkover.

“We even saw Adam and Luke Cope, the two lads competing from Gus Robinson in Hartlepool, take home Tyne and Wear titles from the event.

“It’s a fantastic start from all the lads and I only expect to see them grow as fighters over their time with the College.”

For more information about the Strike It Right Academy and all East Durham College’s other sports scholarship programmes please contact the College Sports Team on 0191 518 5565.