December in a Nutshell

By January 7, 2019Boxing Academy

25th December

That’s it for now folks; the gym is closed for the festive season and will reopen on 2nd January 2019. It has been a fabulous year again and we are all looking forward to what promises to be an even more fabulous 2019.

Merry Xmas and All the Very Best For 2019 to all our boxers, coaches, volunteers and Management Committee see you next year.

22nd December

Festive Community Spirit

From 10am till 3pm on the last Saturday before Christmas, our St Paul’s Boxing Academy team bag packed for the good shoppers of Morrison’s, Springfield Way, Anlaby in aid of Young Lives Fighting Cancer. 

Members, friends and families joined in to help pack bags and share festive banter with the busy shoppers.

Head Coach, Mike said afterwards, “It fills me with pride to announce our St Paul’s Boxing Academy team have raised over £1500 this year for Young Lives Fighting Cancer”

20th December

Hull Daily Mail Sporting Champions 2018

St Paul’s Boxing Academy is very proud to announce that our senior star Harvey Lambert has made the finals selection for Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Pro Sports Cars!


Our own Maddi Gittins is a contender for Junior Sportswoman of the Year sponsored by Hull Culture & Leisure.

Our young National Finalist Will Fethon came very close and will be in contention for Junior Sportsman next year.

The awards evening takes place at the KCOM Stadium on January 30th 2019. We will let you know how our young stars get on.

A massive well done to all young sporting talents, coaches and everyone involved!!!

16th December

Presentation Afternoon

An afternoon of celebration took place today which was attended by a packed house of boxers, coaches, parents and volunteers all linked to the academy. The Academy put on skills bouts and padding demonstration with the GB kids squad. All the squad were presented with medals in recognition of their effort and dedication.

Then we had a kit presentation from our sponsor Darren Peacock of Peacock Finance. All boxers and coaches received t shirts and water bottles, and then the coaches all received their individual tracksuits. Darren is a great supporter of the Academy.

We then moved on to the presentation during which all carded boxers received aan individual trophy in recognition of their effort and success throughout the year.

We then moved onto the individual prizes.

Presentations were made to the following individuals:

Boxers boxer George Cochran 
Parents boxer Maddie Gittens
Coaches boxer Kyle Durnian
Fight of the year Tash Taylor
Clubman of the year Rui Hussain
Boxer of the season Harvey Lambert 


Mike Bromby said, “What a great turnout and day well done everyone. Thank you to the parents who support their youngsters. Thank you to Darren Peacock for his generosity, our coaches and boxers will look even more impressive next year in their new outfits. I am so proud of the coaches and Academy volunteers who dedicate so much of their time to the Academy. I am looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Lynden said, “The season has been very successful so far and we are going to be doing even more as it progresses. The Academy will not rest on its laurels.”

General Committee Chair, John Rutherford said, “The hard work that is going on behind the scenes to raise funds to improve the facilities will continue until all the money is raised. In the meantime the Academy still goes from strength to strength as it continues to grow such talent as was on show to everyone today”.

13th December

Crowdfunding Page Success

Wow. An excellent response from friends, parents, coaches, business leaders and community members has seen the crowd funding page raise £5,250 to pay for new changing room facilities as part of the gyms £225,000 makeover. St Paul’s teamed up with Sport England who has already pledged £100,000 towards the refurbishment to help us raise additional funding for the changing rooms.

Sport England pledged to match fund the crowd funding sum if we managed to raise a minimum of £5,000. We did better and will now have a total of over £10,000 with the extra money coming from Sport England.

Academy Development Officer, Barrie May said, “This has been a truly humbling exercise. We know our members do not have money to spare so to see so many of them contributing to the project has made us more determined than ever to continue not only to raise the final sums required but to ensure we make the gym a better environment for them to enjoy.”

7th, 8th and 9th December

St Paul’s on the Road

The boxers of St Paul’s do not rest on their laurels. Although Christmas is fast approaching the boxers and coaches showed their full commitment this weekend by travelling all over the country to compete on away shows.  It was an extremely busy weekend with six of our boxers going out and giving their all. We may not have come away with six wins but all the boxers performed and did St Paul’s, their families and themselves proud.

Three of our boxers boxed against National champions on their home shows. This weekend showed St Paul’s is an academy that is prepared to take risks and take on the best boxers the country has to offer. The rewards for such performances will be massive in the future development of the young talent.

Mike Bromby said, “I am so proud of all our boxers who competed this weekend. We went to Newcastle, Sheffield and Kettering over three nights and put on great performances. I also want to say a special thanks to Darren who gave up his entire three nights to be in the corners of all our boxers, that is pure dedication for you”.

4th December

Top Class Sparring!

In preparation for the coming weekend some top class sparring for our own Maddie Gittins and Olivia Williams with Ebony Jones and World and European Champion Gemma Richardson took place over in Scunthorpe. 

Head coach, Mike Bromby said, “A big thanks goes to Ricko Richardson for inviting us and to our coach Nick Beach for taking the girls. This type of inter club teamwork is essential in ensuring that boxers continue to improve and meet other talent within the sport”.

2nd December

More Support to the Academy

Our head coach Mick Bromby and General Management Committee Chair John Rutherford and great supporter Tony Horncastle were guests of honour at the Howden Rotary Club where they were presented with a cheque for £2,420 donated to go towards the gym refurbishment. Mike said, “We are honoured to have such support from within the community. We are so proud to have so many people helping to make our Academy’s dreams come true”.

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