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  • Boxing in Belfast

    Boxing is a very successful sport in Belfast. The sport plays an important role in our communities for both elite performers and local members.

    Our Amateur Boxing Strategy considers the role and development of amateur boxing in Belfast, and outlines our commitment to develop the sport.

  • Our role

    We’ll be working on the following programmes:

    Programme  Who's it for?   What does it involve?
    Boxing events Everyone We're supporting County Antrim Boxing in facilitating events citywide to help develop boxers. So far we've supported seven events citywide, and we're planning to support even more events for clubs and boxers in Belfast.  

    For event details, visit County Antrim Boxing's Facebook (link opens in new window)
    Schools coaching and schools clubs (non contact), plus community sessions Young people in schools and clubs We'll be developing programmes and linking children with their nearest club. Contact us to find out how to book our boxing coaches who can provide structured sessions adapted to all ages and abilities. These sessions are free of charge.
    Boxing-related fitness classes in our facilities Everyone Boxing is a great way to improve your health and physical fitness. For more information, call 028 9027 0344. 
    New boxing clubs Everyone We'll establish new boxing clubs, where there is a demand, and support current boxing clubs.
    Dedicated boxing coach and officials education programme People who are already involved in boxing We'll provide opportunities to support boxers and offer development opportunities to improve their performance.
  • Everybody Active 2020

    £1.5 million of National Lottery Funding was secured to deliver Sport Northern Ireland’s Every Body Active 2020 Strand 1 programme. The aim of Everybody Active 2020 (EBA) was to encourage more people to be more active, more often. This funding was provided to a range of organisations including Sports Governing Bodies. 

    A governing body who benefited from this funding is Irish Athletic Boxing Association. They used this to deliver a Mid-term Membership Growth Programme 2019 (link opens in new window). Through this programme they were able to support 20 clubs from across the city to deliver taster sessions during the mid-term break. Throughout the week there was a specific focus on the underrepresented groups within boxing. They supported 16 clubs across the city with four additional clubs supported through the Belfast Boxing Strategy. This was a brilliant success with each club reporting an increase in membership once the programmes had finished.

  • Amateur Boxing Strategy 2012 - 2022

    Boxing is a very successful sport for Belfast. And boxing clubs play an important role in the life of communities across Belfast, both for elite performers and local members.

    We developed an Amateur Boxing Strategy in partnership with County Antrim Boxing, Ulster Boxing Council, Sport Northern Ireland and Irish Amateur Boxing Association. This strategy considers the role and development of amateur boxing in Belfast, and outlines our commitment to develop the sport.

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Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

028 9032 0202

Sports Development, Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BP

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