(L-R) East Durham Boxing Coach Dave Binns with the Royal Engineers from the 23 Engineer Regiment Air Assault and professional boxer Paul Archer

Soldiers Put Through Paces By Top North East Boxing Coach

Thu, 2002-02-21 00:00

Last week a group of Royal Engineers from the 23 Engineer Regiment Air Assault visited East Durham College for some top class boxing training.

The Engineers are getting prepared to compete in an inter-squadron boxing tournament and requested the help of East Durham College’s top coach Dave Binns to give them some specialist training ahead of the high profile competition.

Staff Sergeant Errol Jones, along with Lance Corporals Jason Bailey, Karl Phillips, Martin Street and Sappers Matthew Callaghan and Ash Tunney were all put through their paces in areas such as footwork, stance and punching power to improve their skills.

And SSgt Jones praised the work of the England ABA coach Dave Binns and his boxers, who included former EDC student and undefeated Easington professional boxer Paul Archer.

SSgt Jones said: “It was a fantastic experience to train at the College receiving some high quality coaching from Dave.

“He has really helped our development as boxers, he has helped to transform our footwork and stance within just a few sessions and we have also had some top quality sparring with some local boxers such as Paul Archer, which has been fantastic for our progression.”

Along with the training sessions the Royal Engineers took time out of their schedules to take part in another session with a group of Special Educational Needs students from the Peterlee-based College.

The Engineers had a sparring session with them before taking part in a question and answer session and standing for photographs in their uniforms.

David Barrass, lecturer in foundation studies, praised the Engineers for taking the time out to work with the College’s students and believes they have left a lasting impression on his pupils.

David said: “It was a wonderful experience for our Special Educational Needs students to meet, talk and train with soldiers from the Royal Engineers.

“There is a real buzz about the students and they have been telling everyone that they have boxed a round with a real soldier.

“I can’t thank SSgt Jones and his peers enough for coming in and working with the students, it was a fantastic day.”