Fourteen year old schoolboy from Hulme Hall, William Connolly Rogers, entertained 600 spectators at the weekend in his first Amateur Boxing bout.
“It was quite a daunting experience having to walk out in front of all those people and then to get in the ring and demonstrate my skills.”
He continued, “The first round enabled the referee to assess whether I was able to defend myself and then the final two allowed us to have a proper boxing fight.”
The Year 10 pupil has been boxing since he was 11 but it is only in the last twelve months that he has committed to the sport. He now trains three times a week at Moss Side Boxing Club which usually involves high intensity circuit training, improving techniques and sparring with fellow boxers.
William also attends RAF boxing weekends which involve a 12km run at 6am followed by 7 hours of boxing training! It is an intense regime but one that Interim Headteacher, Philip Bradford, believes provides him with a level of discipline that helps in his schooling and will be beneficial in later life. It also contributes towards his GCSE PE Qualification.
Said Mr Bradford, “William’s commitment and dedication to the sport makes him a fabulous role model for other pupils. We are delighted to be able to acknowledge another Gifted and Talented pupil in the school and look forward to watching him progress.”
There are so many significant benefits to boxing both in terms of fitness levels and general health. It is a fabulous way to control stress relief and improve self-image and confidence and encourages making healthy choices.
Hulme Hall Grammar School is an independent co-educational school established in 1928. It moved to its new site in Davenport, Stockport in September 2017.