Select Page

World Champion inspires young Colchester residents

Box Smart participants
World Champion mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter James Webb, inspired young boxers at CBH’s BoxSmart initiative

Aspiring young boxers in Colchester have been developing their boxing skills through an exciting initiative from Colchester Borough Homes.

On 2 November, World Champion mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter James Webb, inspired young boxers at CBH’s BoxSmart initiative. James shared his experience as a professional MMA fighter and answered their questions and demonstrated new techniques. Young boxers were coached by Colchester’s own world star.

BoxSmart is an initiative which provides free weekly boxing lessons to residents aged 12-16. It gives them the opportunity to learn a new sport and make friends in a safe and welcoming environment. Working in partnership with Alresford Boxing Club, local and qualified coaches have been developing participants’ boxing skills and boosting their confidence with sessions at the Greenstead Community Centre.

BoxSmart is an important part of Colchester Borough Homes’ strategy to be a community enabling leader for Colchester and to provide residents with unique, engaging and accessible opportunities.

Chair of the Colchester Borough Homes board, Dirk Paterson, said: “I was incredibly impressed by the focus, determination and engagement demonstrated young Colchester boxers. It’s wonderful to see them making the most of a unique opportunity and I’d like to thank Alresford Boxing Club for working with us to make this possible. Also a special thank you to James for taking the time to share his experiences with us. His input was exhilarating.

“Colchester Borough Homes offers opportunities to residents that make a difference in our communities. BoxSmart is an example of the positive impact Colchester Borough Homes has in local communities.”

BoxSmart launched on 5 October and will conclude on 30 November, where participants who have completed the programme will celebrate their success and reflect on their experience.