16 February 2018
By Mary Bermingham
This week the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Declan Hurley, presented the Cork County Boxing Board with a cheque for €2,000 to assist with the Cork-Bristol Boxing Exchange Programme.
In January 2017, a team of 20 boxers and officials from across Bristol and Western Counties Boxing clubs visited Cork for the first time as a one day trial of the boxing exchange programme.
This was organised by the Cork County Boxing Board and Bristol Sporting Club as an opportunity to showcase and progress the boxing talent in both cities, whilst highlighting the similarities between the two great cities.
In the second leg of the exchange programme, a team of 20 boxers and officials from across Cork County Boxing Clubs travelled to Bristol on October 27th.
The aim of the project is to develop shared good practice in the coaching and development of young people involved in boxing, promote the personal development aspects of boxing and form lasting links with communities between the UK and Ireland.
Mayor Hurley was delighted to support this programme, commenting “Young people in our communities face daunting challenges: crime, violence and drugs are all too prevalent amongst young people. Boxing is a wonderful sport, which beside from promoting a healthy lifestyle, also has the ability to break down barriers and provide a positive influence across many different communities.”