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Kirklees College boxing academy is a big hit!

Thursday 20th of December 2012

Kirklees College’s Sports Academy played host to year 11 pupils from Almondbury, Honley and Longley High Schools as they took part in a boxing taster session.


Anna Bennett, Ruth Yates and Heem Khalaf (gloves) from Honley High School and Ethan Kershaw from Almondbury High School. ​
Anna Bennett, Ruth Yates and Heem Khalaf (gloves) from Honley High School and Ethan Kershaw from Almondbury High School. ​

The pupils volunteered to take part in the taster session as part of Kirklees College’s school liaison programme to offer year 11 pupils the opportunity to sample college life before making their post school decisions.

The taster session took place at Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club where Kirklees College’s Sports Academy works with boxing coach Mark Reynolds to run academy’s boxing section.

Heem Khalaf from Honley High School was particularly keen to put on the gloves and get involved with the Kirklees College Boxing Academy taster session.

He said, “It’s been brilliant, I definitely want to do more of this sport.”


Anna Bennett from Honley High School said, “I’ve loved training as a boxer, it’s really different but loads of fun.”


Christian Guindoyayos, aged 19 and from Dalton is a current student on the level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport course at Kirklees College and part of the Sports Academy’s boxing team. Christian helped train the youngsters at the school taster session because he thinks it’s a sport that more young people should try out.

Christian said, “I have always done Tae Kwando, but when I had the chance to try boxing at college I thought I’d give it a go. I train four times a week as part of my college timetable.


“I love it. I come back after college to train more and I feel fitter than ever. It also takes your mind of any worries you may have because you just focus on the training. I have my first fight in February and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Kirklees College’s Sports Academy offers boxing, rugby league and football to complement the students’ work in the classroom. The college’s schools liaison team offer taster sessions in a variety of curriculum areas to help year 10 and 11 pupils make decisions about their life after school.


For more information on the Kirklees College Sports Academy click here or for more information on Rawthorpe Boxing academy click here

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