Rachel Bower at Camden Boxing Club

Camden Boxing Club: In the ring with former national champion, Rachel Bower

Boxwise is a social enterprise that takes place across the UK, including at Camden Boxing Club, home of Hawley ABC. Former National Champion, accredited England Boxing Coach and National Lead for Boxwise Rachel Bower tells us about the programme and why we all need to step into the ring

BOXWISE is a social enterprise run by Camden Boxing Club, that helps young people build confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and maximise all opportunities available to them. Boxing provides a structure for young people to channel their energy with accredited England Boxing coaches in a safe and controlled environment, something that remains out-of-reach for far too many of Britain’s young people today. We work with a plethora of organisations and community groups to identify those who will most benefit from a 10-week non-contact boxing programme. All equipment is provided, and participants receive a hot meal after each session. Upon completion of the course, committed participants can receive fully funded training and courses too.

How boxing shows you how to appreciate your body

Boxing shows you what your body and mind are capable of. This isn’t just a sport; it’s learning a skill and the science behind it while coming to appreciate your body for what it can do. Not everyone has the confidence to walk into a boxing gym or the funds to train regularly and buy the equipment needed. Boxwise provides everything needed and the programme is free.

These courses bring people together, enabling them to learn a new skill, increase their confidence, fitness and sense of belonging. Boxwise is unique in that its focus is on forming soft skills and providing opportunities that can be beneficial long after the course ends. The course syllabus covers topics including motivation, team work and discipline, alongside boxing skills.

Camden Boxing Club fighters
The tide is turning for women in boxing

Some clubs are intimidating for women or do not promote their participation in the sport. As a result, participation levels are low and girls don’t stick with the sport. However, the tide is turning for women in boxing helped by the success of Britain’s female Olympic medallists and professional world Champion. Hannah Rankin, world champion, is a Boxwise Ambassador and feels passionate about the work we are doing around women’s boxing. We run female only courses to give women and girls the confidence they need to join mixed sessions or their local club and utilise female coaches and role models to inspire them.

We have seen some great work in gyms across the country. A personal memorable moment includes Hannah Rankin presenting awards at the end of one Boxwise course with Hawley ABC and an award winner from Rathbone ABC (our sister club) gaining employment at Camden Boxing Club (home of Hawley ABC).

I found boxing relatively late but it changed the way I live my life. My determination, persistence, work ethic and organisation skills all grew. I competed to a high level so fitting in training and weight making around a full time job working shifts means my organisation and time management skills are next level! Boxing is my passion and I love to share it with others.

We have just launched in South Africa and will be running two programmes there permanently so I can see our international footprint expanding. Closer to home I would love to work with schools or groups in Camden to offer bespoke courses to their students/members so more of the local community can benefit from what Boxwise has to offer. You can find Camden Boxing Club in Hawley Wharf steps away from the underground.


BOXWISE is funded by the Nick Maugh Foundation.

camdenboxingclub.com / @camdenboxing

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