Frank Bruno Boxing Academy Visits College

Thu, 16/03/2000 - 00:00

A team of 16 boys from The Frank Bruno Boxing Academy, in Kent, spent an exciting two days at East Durham College on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September.


The Frank Bruno Boxing Academy was the first of its kind in the South of England, with the brainchild behind the Academy being Boxing4Schools, the pioneers behind the quest for a return of boxing back on to the school curriculum.

Since 2007, Frank Bruno MBE, the much loved sporting personality and former WBC Heavyweight World Champion has been the proud patron of Boxing4Schools. Unfortunately Frank himself was unable to attend the event.


Wayne Llewellyn, former heavyweight contender and Founder of the Academy and Neil Miller, Co-Founder and Dept Head of The Priory School, a specialist sports college, in Orpington, Kent - organised the event and brought the team up north.


Whilst competing in America Wayne gained experience of working with underprivileged children and was inspired by the positive effect that boxing had on their lives. This experience is the driving force behind his ambition to reintroduce boxing into schools, and have non-contact boxing back on the school curriculum.


In addition, former Team GB Head Coach, Terry Edwards MBE, who has recently joined the Frank Bruno team also attended. Terry led the highly successful 2008 Olympic boxing team, who picked up several medals in the Beijing games which included James Degale’s memorable gold.

On the Friday the Bruno team arrived at East Durham College and meet up with the Team East Durham Boxing students, at the Peterlee Campus, in the new East Durham Boxing Gymnasium. The teams had a weight-in and training session.


On Saturday there was an Inter Academy Spar, where the teams were matched in weight categories and experience.


Ian Prescott, Principal & Chief Executive of East Durham College, said, “I’m absolutely thrilled that Frank and his Academy team have made the long trip up to the North East. I'm sure the experience will give the students involved lasting memories and friendships.”


The event was rounded off with dinner as a big team, so the teams could bond and hopefully a return trip down south will be agreed.