Boxing should be taught in every school

Tony Parsons GQ Mag 14/10/2013

 

For an education in fitness, commitment and self-control, it's time that pugilism returned as a school sport - and a rite of passage - for the flabby, damaged children of the internet, says GQ's prizefighter.

 

Boxing is good for you.

Whether you are 15 years old or 50, the basic training required for boxing - a process that Joyce Carol Oates called "the fanatic subordination of the self" - will make you infinitely fitter than you have ever been in your life.

Off the ropes, and back into the ring – boxing makes unlikely comeback in schools and clubs

A decade ago there were calls for the sport to be banned on safety grounds. Now even its harshest critics have been won over

 

Young men and women in a class at the All Stars Boxing Gym in London. The success of fighters such as Amir Khan and David Haye is helping to breathe new life into the sport. Photograph: Felix Clay

Boxing is undergoing a big resurgence, with tens of thousands of people taking part in schools and gyms across the country each week.

Schools bring back boxing lessons

 

The schools hope they might find another Olympic boxing medallist

Boxing is being reintroduced in several schools to help pupils develop their mental and physical skills.

 

Some schools in Bromley, south London are incorporating the sport into PE lessons, under the supervision of the Amateur Boxing Association of England.

Boxing has not been taught in schools since 1962, when a campaign to ban it from PE classes won popular support.

Peter McCabe, chief executive of brain injury association Headway, urged the schools involved to reconsider.

 

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